CHEC Independent School Assessment FAQ’s

CHEC Independent School Assessment FAQ’s

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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 for the 11th or 12th grade year,

    • a professional academic evaluation,

    • or our Parent/Teacher 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 or Parent/Teacher Assessment. We cannot accept test results from an older student submitting a lower-grade Nationally Standardized Achievement test.

 

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: 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 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 Parent/Teacher Assessment?

The Parent/Teacher 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/teacher 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.

 

Where to Order Tests

Bob Jones University Press, Testing and Evaluation Service

bjupress.com (BJ Testing and Evaluation Service)

800-845-5731

Tests available: Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Stanford Achievement Test

 

Christian Liberty Academy

shopchristianliberty.com

800-832-2741

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

baysideschoolservices.com

800-723-3057

Tests available: California Achievement Test, TerraNova

 

Pearson Education

pearsonassessments.com

800-745-8489

Tests available: Stanford 10, online and paper tests

 

Seton Homeschool Services

setontesting.com

800-542-1066

Tests available: California Achievement Test

 

Hewitt Homeschooling

hewitthomeschooling.com

800-348-1750

Tests available: PASS

 

FACE

faceschool.com

303-426-8484

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

brewertesting.com

336-699-3997

Tests available: Iowa Test of Basic Skills, TerraNova

 

Catforms Testing Service

catforms.com.com

888-991-7918

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

ACT actstudent.org

Homeschool Code: 969-999

SAT sat.collegboard.org

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

Josiebloodworth@gmail.com | homeschoolevaluationservices.com

Location: Confier, Littleton, Highlands Ranch

Services: Evaluations, Portfolio Assessments, Testing

Credentials: MA Curriculum and Instruction, CO certified teacher

 

Shannon Atwater

720-371-7099

slatwater@comcast.net

Location: Aurora

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

 

Christian Cottage Home School Services

303-688-6626?888-286-5494

christiancottage@aol.com | Christiancottage.com | christiancottage.processingskills.com

Location: Sedalia

Services: Woodcock Johnson Diagnostic Test

 

Jill Bailey

719-637-0797

Location: Colorado Springs

 

Jan Hummel

970-667-1449

Location: Loveland

 

Yvonne Polhemus

303-688-2073

ypolhemus@hotmail.com

Location: Castle Rock

 

Sharon Lindsay

303-688-9118

Location: Sedalia

Services: Woodcock Johnson Diagnostic Test

 

Colorado Heritage Education School System (CHESS)

970-346-0099

coloradoheritage@msn.com | c-h-e-s-s.org

Location: Greeley

Services: Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Evaluation

 

FACE

303-426-8484

faceschool.com

Location: Westminster

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

 

Cheryl Kasson, PhD

303-922-2797

cherylk22@comcast.net

Location: Denver Metro Area

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

 

Elma Field

303-423-5664

Location: Denver

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

 

Nancy Horne, MS

719-495-9702

HomeSchoolEvaluator@gmail.com

Location: Colorado Springs

Services: Evaluation

 

M. Lee Watt

303-985-8840

leewattdenver@gmail.com | makelearningefficient.com

Location: Denver

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

 

Dayspring Christian Schools

970-330-1151

dayspringeagles.org

Location: Greeley

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

 

Deborah Randall: Learning in the Springs

719-229-6933

learningsprings@live.com | learningsprings.wix.com/learningsprings

Location: Colorado Springs

Services: Evaluation, Testing Assistance

 

Shema Christian Academy

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

carol@shemaca.org | shemaca.org

Location: Berthoud

Services: Stanford Achievement Test, CAT, ITBS

 

Glenda Childs: Shiloh Christian Academy

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

glendachilds@comcast.net

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

970-532-5653

ridgway_e@hotmail.com

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

jfvanacker@gmail.com | https://sites.google.com/site/coloradohomeschoolevaluations/

Location: Canon City

Services: Evaluation

Credentials: Colorado Certified Teacher, Masters in Library Science.

 

Joan Girkins

303-697-1615

ocforever1@gmail.com | solidrockconsultingservices.com

Location: Morrison/Littleton

Services: Stanford Achievement Test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills

Credentials: Approved tester through Bob Jones University

 

Kim Almas

303-483-1520

2boysmom00@comcast.net

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

720-535-9220

skbuck02@yahoo.com

Location: Denver

Services: Educational Assessment

Credentials: BA in Elementary Education, MA in Special Education

 

Michelle Malchuk

970-330-3171

jmmalchuk@msn.com

Location: Greeley, Evans, Johnstown

Services: Testing

Credentials: Approved tester through Bob Jones University

 

Angela Dormish

303-359-4794

AngelainCO@yahoo.com

Location: Broomfield

Services: Evaluations, Testing, Tutoring.

Credentials: BS in Elementary Education Homeschooler and Options School Teacher

 

Wanda Eppes, Psy.D

719-839-0820

info@DoctorWandaEppes.com

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

303-697-5408

karenbeach@hotmail.com

Location: Denver, Littleton, Morrison

Services: Testing

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

 

Whitney Wade

719-358-9551

ianandwhitney@gmail.com

Location: Co Springs, Peyton, Falcom, Fountain

Services: Testing

Credentials: Stanford/Iowa Test administrator