Annual standardized testing

Homeschool Idaho
TESTING

Homeschool Idaho provides standardized testing to private home educators in 19 different regions around the state.
Testing is open to all privately home educated students who are taught three or more of the following academic subjects at home: math, language, reading, science, and social studies.

Ada County Region

2020 Test Dates

March 17, 18, 19
    (Grades 3-8)
March 18, 19
   (Grades 9-12)

All Other Regions

2020 Test Dates

March 3, 4, 5
    (Grades 3-8)
March 4, 5
    (Grades 9-12)

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.

PROTECT HOMESCHOOL FREEDOM

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.

LEARN TEST-TAKING SUCCESS

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

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

Understanding Standardized Tests

WE PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY

Individual testing results are available to parents through a secure online portal. Under no circumstances will individual test scores or student data be released to anyone other than the parent/guardian.

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

PROVIDE A BENCHMARK

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.

HOMESCHOOL IDAHO HONOR SOCIETY

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.

Students will be awarded a signed certificate in the first year they acheive Summa or Magna honors, and a letter from the Homeschool Idaho chairman in subsequent years.

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. 

IT’S FUN!

Testing days really are fun!  Idaho homeschool families look forward to testing days. These are positive, encouraging days, with no stress or pressure put on students. Testing days are an opportunity to meet new friends and connect with other homeschool families in your region. 

Registration for testing during the 2019-2020 school year will open late summer 2019.

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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