Annual standardized testing

Homeschool Idaho

Homeschool Idaho Online Testing Schedule 2020 March 2, 2020 – August 7, 2020

Homeschool Idaho is excited to announce that we are now partnering with BJU Press Testing and Evaluation to offer the Iowa Assessments from the comfort of your own home!

We have arranged with BJU Press to receive a group report from Idaho families that test with them.  This allows us to continue to showcase to legislators the high test scores of Idaho home educated students.

Participation is simple:

  • Flexible test dates (see schedule below)
  • Results in 10 days
  • Submit data and payment directly to BJU Press Testing and Evaluation
  • The Iowa Assessments™  Achievement Test is $35/student (see ordering instructions below)
  • The Iowa Assessments™  Achievement Test with Cognitive Abilities Test™  is $55/student (see ordering instructions below)
  • No shipping costs for online tests
  • Test administrator provided by BJU Press
  • Testing FAQ

Achievement Tests and Abilities Tests Go Hand in Hand

Using the CogAT and the Iowa Assessments together helps you see how your child learns so that you can choose the best way to help your student grow.  Learn more about the CogAT.



Please contact with any questions.

Why is Homeschool Idaho no longer offering testing sites around the state?

Homeschool Idaho is continually evaluating better ways to serve Idaho’s homeschool families.  After a careful cost/benefit analysis, we determined that our testing services were no longer the best way to achieve our goals.

At the heart of our decision were these factors:

  1. An excellent online testing tool is available.  BJU Press offers the same Iowa tests that we’ve always provided.  We anticipate that this economical and convenient option will benefit homeschool families by allowing you to test on your own schedule, and by removing the need for childcare and travel to testing sites.  Read more about BJU’s online testing program.
  2. The testing program that Homeschool Idaho (formerly known as ICHE) offered for two decades has been very labor-intensive.  A large and well-coordinated team of volunteers worked year-round to provide our testing service to our members.  While we love and appreciate our volunteers, we hope this new option will be more efficient and more convenient.
  3. By utilizing BJU Press for your testing, Idaho homeschool families can still contribute to the group data.  This will allow Homeschool Idaho to continue reminding the Idaho legislature of the academic excellence of private home education. Individual test scores, as always, will remain private. Only a compilation of all student scores will be shared at Legislative Day.

Testing Schedule

Ordering Your Test

Order by Phone

  • Call BJU Press directly at (800) 845-5731 to order your test(s).
  • Use Homeschool Idaho’s ID number E9348EMF 

Order Online

Why Test?

In Idaho, there is no law requiring testing for home educated students.
While completely optional, there are many benefits of having your child take a standardized test through Homeschool Idaho and BJU Press.


Establishing an Idaho database of compiled scores lends credibility to the educational excellence of homeschool students. Because our scores are so very high, the larger the number of students tested, the more convincing our scores become to both legislators and the public.

The high test scores of Idaho’s home educators was fundamental to the passage of Idaho’s homeschool law in 2009. Your participation is encouraged, not only for your own information, but to continue to safeguard our freedoms.


Following directions, relaxing under pressure, pacing oneself, and completing work in an allotted time are all great skills that can be honed through taking tests.  

Testing can be a valuable preparation for college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT.

Understanding Standardized Tests


The charts of test scores shown to Idaho legislators are combined scores of homeschool students statewide, never individual scores.


Standardized tests indicate how your child compares academically to other children at his grade level. 

While we do have the privilege of seeing our children learn on a day-to-day basis, it is beneficial to assess a child’s year-to-year development of learning.


Students in grades 9-12 with a complete composite score of the 90th percentile or higher qualify as Homeschool Idaho Summa Cum Laude Scholars.  A score between the 80th and 89th percentile qualifies as a Magna Cum Laude Scholar. Honor designations earned during the junior or senior year entitle seniors to wear a white (Summa) or gold (Magna) honor cord at the Idaho State Homeschool Graduation.


To be eligible for certain dual enrollment opportunities  in Idaho public schools, principals or athletic directors may ask to review standardized test results. 

The Composite Numbers

Here you’ll find composite statistics, comparisons with public school scores, as well as data based upon the number of years of home education. Students who have been home educated three or more years typically score 15 to 20 points higher than those home educated for one year or less.

Idaho home educated students as a whole, regardless of the number of years of home education, typically score 25 to 30 points higher than Idaho public school students.

  • Vocabulary – 95%
  • Reading – 92%
  • Language – 87%
  • Mathematics – 75%

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