Standardized Testing: The parent may take the route of using a qualified test administrator for norm-referenced testing for students in grades three, five, seven, nine, and eleven or the parent can let the state test the child. If this is not feasible, parents can request that the student be included on the public school’s national, standardized testing dates but with no obligation demanded by the state or schools. Parents may have to pay a fee for the inclusion. Results have to be acceded to the district, independent school or parochial school that received notification of the student’s participation.
Students do not have to sit for state assessments.
Graduation: Colorado does not offer a diploma to homeschoolers. Parents can have the student take the GED or simply present them with a diploma at the end of their secondary level tenure.
Financial Aid: Assistance with costs of homeschooling a child are not available through the CDE. Parents can use other sources to help cut costs or receive grants to negate them altogether.
Special Education: Colorado is one of many states that does not detail special education for the homeschooler. Parents can contact a Local Education Agency in their district through the superintendent’s office to get the details on the procedures for educating an exceptional child away from public school. All states must allow students to be taught in the least restrictive environment and they must be offered a free and appropriate education.
Colorado Department of Education: C.R.S. 22-33-104.5 Home-based Education