Are you a member of the CHEC Independent School? This page has the info you need to fulfill the assessment requirement. (Still have questions? Contact us.)
Note that these requirements are unique to the CHEC Independent School; the homeschool law policies and other independent school policies may differ. If you are following the Homeschool Law, learn more here about your testing/evaluation options. If you are enrolled in another independent school, check with them for their specific policies. Confused? View the explanation of Colorado homeschool law.
Looking for information on types of standardized tests accepted by the CHEC Independent School? Click here to jump right to our Testing Resources page.
What are the assessment requirements for members of the CHEC Independent School?
Every student whose date of birth places them in 3rd–11th grade (according to the CHEC Independent School age/grade parameters), or has been modified to 3rd grade or above, is required to submit results from an approved assessment at the close of school years ending in an odd calendar year. Results must then be submitted by uploading them to your online account no later than August 31st.
The assessment must be taken no earlier than halfway through the grade in which they are being taught.
See below on this page for more information on these exceptions:
- Student receives more than 50% of their teaching from someone other than a parent, guardian, or adult relative
- Student is in a modified grade level (not according to the CHEC grade calculator/chart)
How do I submit assessment results?
At what grade level are assessments required?
Assessments are required:
- At the end of an assessment year cycle (when a school year ends in an odd year, such as 2018/2019)
- And when a student’s date of birth places them in 3rd-11th grade according to the CHEC Independent School age/grade parameters, available on the FAQ page (this includes those who have been modified up to 3rd grade or above, and those who have been modified down to 3rd-11th grade)
If your student has reached the age in which they would typically be in 3rd grade, but they are working at 2nd grade or below, they are required to submit the assessment results for the grade level at which they are working (K, 1 or 2). The “typical grade” is calculated within our online enrollment application. (On paper applications, the age/grade chart is provided.)
When are assessments due?
Assessment results are due by August 31st at the end of an assessment year (odd calendar years, such as 2016/2017). They must be submitted and reviewed before you can be eligible to enroll for a new school year.
What are the assessment options?
The CHEC Independent School accepts results from the following:
- Option #1 – Approved Test: any nationally standardized achievement test OR one of other acceptable tests. Results submitted must include a composite (total/overall) score at least above the 13th percentile. For a high school student, this can include the SAT or ACT college entrance exam once per student.
- Option #2 – Professional Evaluation: a professional academic evaluation.
- Option #3 – Parent Evaluation: the CHEC Independent School Parent Evaluation. (Available to purchase here.)
Learn more about each option below on this page.
Options are limited for modified grades or for students who receive more than 50% of their teaching from someone other than a parent or guardian. Learn more below.
If I modify my student’s grade, how does that affect my assessment options?
Determine which grade category your student falls in below. (This refers to the student’s grade as listed on their enrollment per our policies.)
- If a student is in the grade that matches their age, they may use any of the three assessment options.
- If a student is operating at a (higher) modified grade level, they may use any of the three assessment options. However, if a nationally standardized test is used, it must be taken at the modified (higher) grade level listed on their enrollment application.
- If a student is operating at a lower grade level, they may use any of the three assessment options. However, standardized tests must be taken at the modified grade level and must show grade level progress. (For example, a 4th grade test may only be submitted once; the following testing cycle a 5th grade test must be submitted.) A student must advance at least one grade level each testing cycle. Exception: If no grade level progress is shown, then a parent evaluation or a professional evaluation must be submitted.
If someone other than a parent, guardian, or adult relative provides more than 50% of the teaching, how does this affect the assessment options?
First, learn more about our teacher requirements on within our policies.
If you have received permission for an exception to the teacher requirements, then an annual (rather than biennial) assessment will be required. The CHEC Parent Evaluation will not be accepted.
Option #1 – Test: Which tests are acceptable?
Results (including a composite score at least above the 13th percentile) from the following tests are all accepted by the CHEC Independent School. (If you homeschool under Notice of Intent, not all of these are accepted; learn more here.)
- CAT (California Achievement Test)
- CTP4 (Comprehensive Testing Program, offered through Classical Conversations) (results from each subsection must have a Percentile Rank of 14% or higher)
- ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills)
- PASS (Personalized Achievement Summary System)
- SAT (Stanford Achievement Test)
- SAT or ACT (College Board entrance exams) – accepted once during a student’s high school years
- Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Test (results from each subsection must have a Percentile Rank of 14% or higher)
- Please note: The PSAT, PARCC, and the MAP (Alpha Omega) are not nationally standardized tests and therefore are NOT acceptable tests.
A composite score above the 13th percentile is required. Learn more on the Testing Resources page about each test and how to make sure you receive the correct composite score.
Option #2 – Professional Evaluation: What is a professional academic evaluation?
A professional academic evaluation is given by an individual with one of the following qualifications:
- A teacher licensed pursuant of CRS22-33-104.5, article 60.5
- A teacher who is employed by an independent or parochial school
- A licensed psychologist
- A person with a graduate degree in education.
To be accepted by the CHEC Independent School, the evaluation report submitted must include these items:
- Name of the student
- A statement that says the equivalent of “This student is progressing according to their academic ability.”
- Name and signature of the evaluator
- Qualifying credential of the evaluator
- Printed on official letterhead by the evaluator
- If electronically submitted, must be in .PDF or .JPG format (not a Word document).
If you plan to do an evaluation, contact your chosen evaluator at the beginning of the school year to find out if they require a portfolio or record of the child’s work. Click here for a list of professional evaluators, and click here for a sample professional evaluation form (created for CHEC Independent School members).
Please note: It is your responsibility to thoroughly investigate a potential evaluator. We recommend asking for references and talking to others who have used these organizations/persons’ talents.
Option #3 – Parent Evaluation: What is that?
It’s a unique option exclusively available to students enrolled in the CHEC Independent School. The Parent Evaluation is a narrative-style evaluation completed by the student’s parent.
If you think you’re interested in this option, we recommend purchasing it early and keeping notes throughout the school year.
Find the sample forms and order the Parent Evaluation here.