As of 2015, home school laws vary based on the state of residence, but parents are typically required to maintain an attendance record and portfolio of the student's work or other proof of educational attainment. Parents should obtain a current copy of the state laws each year to ensure compliance.
As of 2015, some states, such as Missouri, do not require parental contact before beginning the school year, while other states, such as Arkansas, require parents to complete a home school intent form before the beginning of the school year. In states where parental contact is not required, other documentation of the student's education may be necessary. For instance, in Missouri as of 2015, parents must maintain a record of daily studies, a portfolio of the student's class work or other written documentation of the student's education to comply with the current home school laws.
As of 2015, some states, including New York, require children to spend a specific amount of time engaged in studying approved subjects, and students may be required to obtain acceptable scores on standardized tests that are administered by an approved instructor. Other states require additional documentation or approval from licensed professionals in the state of residence. It is recommended that all parents obtain a copy of the current home school laws in the state before the beginning of each school year.