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State Standardized Testing Requirements for Public, Private, and Home Schools

Standardized Test

April 2018

Author: Linda Wesson

Legislative Brief

In Tennessee, K-12 students have three basic school options: public school or private school (both of which may be offered at either traditional brick and mortar sites or virtual school sites), or a home school. Funding sources for these school options vary, as do state requirements for standardized testing of students, the primary method for holding schools accountable for student progress. This summary reviews standardized testing requirements across public, private, and home schools, with a focus on how the requirements vary by school or student funding sources, as well as how the test results are used for school accountability.