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TESTING

Homeschool Idaho Online Testing Schedule: 2023 Dates coming soon!

Homeschool Idaho is excited to be partnering with BJU Press Testing and Evaluation to offer the Iowa Assessments from the comfort of your own home!

Convenient

  • Flexible test dates (View 2022 Online Testing Schedule)
  • Results in 10 days
  • Submit data and payment directly to BJU Press Testing and Evaluation
  • Test administrator provided by BJU Press for online testing

Affordable

  • 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). Learn more about the CogAT.
  • Homeschool Idaho families receive a 10% discount when ordering through our Parent Portal
  • No shipping costs for online tests

Private

  • Your privacy is of utmost importance to us, and individual test scores and student data will, as always, remain confidential.  BJU Press provides Homeschool Idaho a report of Idaho testing families. This allows us to continue to showcase to legislators the high test scores of Idaho home educated students. 

Testing FAQ 

Questions? Contact info@homeschoolidaho.org.

Testing Schedule

  • 2023 Schedule coming soon!
  • View 2022 Online Testing Schedule 
  • Register at least two weeks ahead of desired online testing date.
  • When ordering paper tests, set your own test date, and order four weeks prior to desired date.

Order Online

Order by Phone

  • Call BJU Press directly at (800) 845-5731 to order your test(s).
  • Connect to Testing & Evaluation Dept.
  • Ask to be included in Homeschool Idaho’s group
  • Use Homeschool Idaho’s ID number: E9348EMF 

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.

PROTECT HOMESCHOOL FREEDOM

The high test scores achieved by Idaho’s home educated students were fundamental to the passage of Idaho’s homeschool law in 2009.  By utilizing BJU Press for your standardized testing, Idaho homeschool families can still contribute to the group data we include in charts each year.  This will allow Homeschool Idaho to continue reminding the Idaho legislature of the academic excellence of private home education.

The generally high test scores of Idaho’s homeschool students provides concrete evidence to both legislators and the public that private home schooling succeeds without government funding or oversight.

Your participation is encouraged, not only for your own information, but to continue to safeguard our freedoms.

LEARN TEST-TAKING SUCCESS

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

WE PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY

The charts of test scores shown to Idaho legislators are combined scores of homeschool students statewide, never individual scores. Only a compilation of all student scores will be shared at our annual Legislative Day.

PROVIDE A BENCHMARK

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

We have the privilege of seeing our children learn in their own unique ways on a day-to-day basis.  However, it is beneficial in certain circumstances to assess a child’s year-to-year development of learning.  Homeschool Idaho provides a convenient, private way to meet the need for testing data if it should become necessary for your family.

GRADUATION HONORS

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 10th-12th year entitle graduates to wear a white (Summa) or gold (Magna) honor cord at the Homeschool Idaho Graduation Ceremony.

DUAL ENROLLMENT QUALIFICATION

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

The 2020 Composite Numbers

Here you’ll find the Iowa Test and TAP test scores for 2020 Idaho homeschoolers.  As you can see, the median composite test score for all of our homeschooled students who were tested was at the 81st percentile, nearly 30 percentile points higher than typical public school student scores. 

  • Composite Score – 81%
  • Reading – 87%
  • Language – 88%
  • Mathematics – 72%

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