Note that these requirements are unique to those under the homeschool law; if you’ve chosen to homeschool under the Non-Public School Law with an independent school (such as the CHEC Independent School), policies may differ. Check with your independent school for more information. View the CHEC Independent School assessment information here.
What are the testing/evaluation requirements for families under the Homeschool Law (Notice of Intent)?
Families homeschooling under the Homeschool Law (Notice of Intent) are required to evaluate the academic progress of their children in the odd grades (beginning in the 3rd grade). Students have two options to fulfill this requirement:
- Option #1 – Evaluation: a professional academic evaluation
- Option #2 – Test: a nationally standardized test
Option #1 – 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 to 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
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 for families who submit a Notice of Intent.
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 #2 – Test: Which tests are acceptable?
These tests are acceptable under the Homeschool Law. (If you homeschool as part of the CHEC Independent School, additional tests are accepted; learn more here.)
- CAT (California Achievement Test)
- ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills)
- SAT (Stanford Achievement Test)
- Terra Nova (CTBS)
- Note: The SAT, SAT, and ACT (college entrance exams), the PARCC, and the MAP (Alpha Omega) do not qualify as nationally standardized achievement tests as required by Homeschool Law.
A composite score above the 13th percentile is required.
What about the TCAP or NAEP – are these required or acceptable?
Who can give my student a test?
The requirements for test administrators are determined by the test publisher. Both the ITBS and SAT require the administrator to have a bachelor’s degree. Other testing companies allow parents to administer their tests.
If you are not qualified to give the test that you want to use, check here to find a list of qualified testers.
Where can I order a test?
Where do I submit the test results?
The test or evaluation results must be submitted to one of these:
- The school district that received the notice of intent
- OR an independent or parochial school within the state of Colorado that is willing to hold test scores. If you choose this option, you must then inform the school district (that received your notice of intent) of the name of the school where the test scores are held.
The CHEC Independent School can hold your test scores if you’ve decided to homeschool under Homeschool Law. Learn more here.
What about college entrance exams for my high school student?
These tests are not accepted under the Homeschool Law as nationally standardized tests. However, high schoolers often take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT in preparation for college admission. Learn more here.