March 2019

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

March 19, 20, 21
    (Grades 3-8)
March 20, 21
   (Grades 9-12)

All Other Regions

March 5, 6, 7
    (Grades 3-8)
March 6,7
    (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.

Testing Keeps Idaho Homeschoolers Free

Establishing an Idaho database of compiled scores lends credibility to the education 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. You participation is encouraged, not only for your own information, but to continue to safeguard our freedoms.

Students Valuable Learn Test-Taking Skills

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 also prepares students to take the ACT and SAT. 

It is Completely Confidential

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

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

Testing Provides 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.

Honors Society Nominations

Students in grades 9-12 with a complete composition score of the 90th percentile or higher qualify as Homeschool Idaho Summa Cum Laude Scholars. This entitles seniors to wear white honor cords at the Idaho State Homeschool Graduation.

Honors Awards

Students in grades 5-12 with a complete composite score of the 80th percentile or higher qualify for Homeschool Idaho Honors Awards. Grades 5-11 receive a special Honors certificate to display. Seniors are entitled to wear gold honor cords at the Idaho State Homeschool Graduation.

Testing Meets Dual Enrollment Qualifications

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!

It really is fun! Idaho homeschool families look forward to Testing Days. It’s a positive, encouraging day, 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 2018-2019 Homeschool Idaho Testing is now closed.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be open May 1 – September 25, 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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