CHEC Independent School Assessment FAQ’s

CHEC Independent School Assessment FAQ’s

If you submitted a Notice of Intent, please click here for Testing and Evaluation information.


If you are enrolled with the CHEC Independent School for the current academic year, you are considered a private school educator/student and the assessment laws applicable to homeschoolers are not applicable to Independent School families. The policies listed below will define the requirements for students enrolled in the CHEC Independent School.

  • an assessment (any of the options listed below) is required at the close of odd academic years, not grade levels. (e.g., end of 2015, 2017, 2019 academic years)

  • every student who has reached the age that would typically have him/her in 3rd grade is required to submit an assessment per the details below.

  • the CHEC Independent School will accept:

    • any nationally standardized achievement test as well as a few additional tests listed below, including the SAT or ACT college entrance exam once for a high shcool student,

    • a professional academic evaluation,

    • or our Student Assessment

  • if a student is in the grade that matches his age, he/she may use any of the three options.

  • if a student is operating at a higher modified grade level, they may use any of the three options but if a Nationally Standardized test is chosen, they must take the test of the modified (higher) grade level.

  • if a student is operating at a lower grade level, they must submit either a professional academic evaluation, Student Assessment, or a standardized test at the unmodified grade level. We cannot accept test results from an older student submitting a lower-grade Nationally Standardized Achievement test.

  • Year-end records (assessments and/or attendance records) are due by August 31st. These records will need to be uploaded to you Independent School online account before you will be able to enroll for the following school year.


Accepted Tests

CAT (California Achievement Test): No special requirements for the administrator; basic report of test results; online version available; when you see Catform, it is referring to a testing program, not a specific test.

Iowa Test of Basic Skills: 4-year degree required by the administrator; is timed; gives detailed report of test results; HSLDA now interprets the core total from ITBS as satisfying Colorado law for a composite score, so the extra tests to get a “composite” score from ITBS are not deemed necessary. Click here for a sample of the Performance Profile you will receive after completing the test.

TerraNova Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills: The publisher of the CAT/5, with its 1991 norms, has released this new test that was last normed in 2005. There are no special requirements for the administrator.

Stanford Achievement Test: Available only through April 1, 2016. 4 year degree required by the administrator; is untimed; gives detailed report of test results. As of late 2012, qualified parents or relatives are allowed to administer the SAT to their own children without at least one other family being present for testing.  (Please Note: this is not the SAT that high school students take for college admission. You can find information about the college admission SAT test below.

SAT or ACT (College Board Entrance tests): The SAT and ACT are college entrance exams and are not considered Nationally Standardized Achievement tests. These tests must be taken at a high school and you must provide the homeschool ID number in order to sign up. The minimum required score on a SAT is 390; minimum required score on an ACT is 16. The CHEC Independent School cannot accept a PSAT to fulfill the testing requirement.

PASS (Personalized Achievement Summary System): The PASS Test was developed specifically for home schoolers. It has certain similarities to other achievement tests in that it measures student achievement in the subjects of reading, language, and mathematics; is untimed; results show personal achievement and national percentile comparisons like other tests, they also include home school percentiles and improvement suggestions for each subject; available for grades three through eight.

Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Test:


What is a Professional Evaluation?

A professional academic evaluation is given by a qualified individual (defined as 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, or a person with a graduate degree in education). A list of qualified evaluators and testers are listed below.


What is a Student Assessment?

The Student Assessment is a unique assessment option exclusively available to students enrolled in the CHEC Independent School. This assessment is a narrative-style evaluation which is to be completed by the parent of each student.

For those families who might use this tool, we recommend printing it off to take notes throughout the year and then re-writing it for submission at the end of the school year.

2014/2015 Student Assessment

Student Assessment Order Form

SAMPLE Student Assessment Form

Where to Order Tests

Bob Jones University Press, Testing and Evaluation Service (BJ Testing and Evaluation Service)


Tests available: Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Stanford Achievement Test (available only through April 1, 2016)


Christian Liberty Academy


Tests available: California Achievement Test (CAT, 1970), mail-in and online

Note: Christian Liberty does not automatically send a composite test score and Colorado Law requires a composite score. If you order a test through Christian Liberty, please request a composite score when ordering.


Bayside School Services


Tests available: California Achievement Test, TerraNova


Pearson Education


Tests available: Stanford 10, online and paper tests


Seton Homeschool Services


Tests available: California Achievement Test, Stanford 10 Online (no degree required as Seton is the administrator)


Hewitt Homeschooling


Tests available: PASS




Tests available: California Achievement Test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, PSAT

Family Academy of Christian Education offers the PSATs to all students that would like to take it. Although the PSAT does not qualify as a nationally standardized test, it is especially beneficial for 11th graders as this is where National Merit Scholarship winners are found. Also, any family that needs to test can obtain the CAT5, CAT6 or IOWA tests, at a discounted price, through FACE. All grades are on hand for immediate use.


Brewer Testing Services


Tests available: Iowa Test of Basic Skills, TerraNova


Catforms Testing Service


Tests available: California Achievement Test

Catforms Testing Service provides homeschool testing materials and scoring for the 1970 California Achievement Test. Some of the benefits the Catforms program offers are online ordering, affordable prices, flexible testing dates, and personal service. Student test results include color charts showing performance at a glance, a detailed analysis of specific strengths and weaknesses, and cumulative records from year to year. Sample test results can be found on the website. Parents can administer tests themselves and scoring times are prompt. Of special interest is a new section containing valuable information about achievement tests and tests in general.


College Board Tests


Homeschool Code: 969-999


Homeschool Code: 970000


Testers & Evaluators

The inclusion of the following entries does not constitute an endorsement by Christian Home Eduators of Colorado of the program, organization, or tutor. It is the parent’s responsibility to investigate who will be involved in their children’s education. We encourage parents to thoroughly investigate a potential tester and to stay involved on an ongoing basis with their children’s testers. You should also ask for references and talk to others who have used these organizations/persons’ talents.

Josie Bloodworth

303-669-0532 |

Location: Confier, Littleton, Highlands Ranch

Services: Evaluations, Portfolio Assessments, Testing

Credentials: MA Curriculum and Instruction, CO certified teacher


Shannon Atwater


Location: Aurora

Services: ITBS/Woodcock-Johnson III, Stanford Achievement Test


Christian Cottage Home School Services

303-688-6626?888-286-5494 | |

Location: Sedalia

Services: Woodcock Johnson Diagnostic Test


Jill Bailey


Location: Colorado Springs


Theresa E. Garcia, MEd Regis University


Location: Parker

Services: Evaluation, Portfolio Assessment, Oral Reading Assessment, Educational/ Curricula Consulting

Credentials: Master of Education, Certificate of Literacy, Regis University; 3+ years teaching in Montessori School and Denver Public Schools, 5+ years Homeschooling Mom of 4


Jan Hummel


Location: Loveland


Yvonne Polhemus


Location: Castle Rock


Sharon Lindsay


Location: Sedalia

Services: Woodcock Johnson Diagnostic Test


Colorado Heritage Education School System (CHESS)

970-346-0099 |

Location: Greeley

Services: Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Evaluation




Location: Westminster

Services: California Achievement Test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, TerraNova/CAT 6, on-line testing by CTB/McGraw Hill


Cheryl Kasson, PhD


Location: Denver Metro Area

Services: Evaluation, Portfolio Assessment, Specializing in unschooling and special needs.


Elma Field


Location: Denver

Services: Evaluation, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Curriculum Advice, Reading evaluations and solutions


Nancy Horne, MS


Location: Colorado Springs

Services: Evaluation


M. Lee Watt

303-985-8840 |

Location: Denver

Services: Woodcock Johnson, FirstSTEP, Interactive Metronome, PACE, approved BJU tester, identify underlying causes of learning difficulties.


Dayspring Christian Schools


Location: Greeley

Services: SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN. AP for Biology, English, History, Calculus


Deborah Randall: Learning in the Springs

719-229-6933 |

Location: Colorado Springs

Services: Evaluation, Testing Assistance


Shema Christian Academy

Carol Hartz: 303-678-1989 | Diane Aschmann: 303-678-1672 |

Location: Berthoud

Services: Stanford Achievement Test, CAT, ITBS


Glenda Childs: Shiloh Christian Academy

Carol Hartz: 303-678-1989 | Diane Aschmann: 303-678-1672

Location: Highlands Ranch

Services: Woodcock Johnson III Test of Achievement

Credentials: BA~Elem. Ed. & MA ~ Curriculum & Instruction, 22 years of experience in the field of education


Elizabeth Ridgway, MS


Location: Northern Colorado

Services: Woodcoock Johnson III Test, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills

Credentials: MS, Special Education and Educational Diagnostics, BS in Education, Teaching Certificates in CO, TX, and IL.


Judy Van Acker

970-532-5653 |

Location: Canon City

Services: Evaluation

Credentials: Colorado Certified Teacher, Masters in Library Science.


Joan Girkins

303-697-1615 |

Location: Morrison/Littleton

Services: Stanford Achievement Test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills

Credentials: Approved tester through Bob Jones University


Kim Almas


Location: Broomfield

Services: Evaluations based on work samples (portfolios or notebooks welcome!) and oral reading assessment.

Credentials: Current teaching license in CO and CA. Experience with a variety of schooling methods, styles, and curricula. Experience working with special needs and accelerated students. 10 years in the classroom, 3 years as consultant/evaluator for a homeschool charter, and currently a homeschooling mom.


Kate Buckius


Location: Denver

Services: Educational Assessment

Credentials: BA in Elementary Education, MA in Special Education


Michelle Malchuk


Location: Greeley, Evans, Johnstown

Services: Testing

Credentials: Approved tester through Bob Jones University


Angela Dormish


Location: Broomfield

Services: Evaluations, Testing, Tutoring.

Credentials: BS in Elementary Education Homeschooler and Options School Teacher


Wanda Eppes, Psy.D


Location: Woodland Park

Services: Testing in IQ, Autism, Academics, Attention, Processiong, Behavior, Mood, Personality

Credentials: Licensed Colorado Psychologist and CDE School Psychologist. Former Home-School mom, public school teacher, and currently dual practitioner with a Christian worldview.


Karen Beach


Location: Denver, Littleton, Morrison

Services: Testing

Credentials: Certified Elementary School Teacher Orton-Giullingham/Barton Certified Tutor