Testing and Evaluation FAQ’s

Testing and Evaluation FAQ’s


If you are enrolled in the CHEC Independent School, please click here for Assessment information.


How and when do I assess my child?

Families homeschooling under a Notice of Intent are required to evaluate the academic progress of their children in the odd grades beginning in the 3rd grade by using a nationally standardized test or by having an evaluation done by a qualified evaluator. Parents can administer these standardized tests on their own or have someone to do it for them.

Where do I find the test?

You can order a test from several different companies. Please click here to navigate to the list of companies who offer testing services.

What do I do with the test results?

The test or evaluation results are to be submitted to the school district that received the notice of intent or to an independent or parochial school within the state of Colorado that is willing to hold test scores.  If the test or evaluation results are submitted to an independent or parochial school, the name of the school shall be provided to the school district that received the notice of intent.

The CHEC Independent School is able to hold test scores for those families who have filed a notice of intent and are looking for a place to file the tests.  For a one-time fee of $25.00 we will create a file for your family and add test scores as you submit them to us.  Please print and mail the Request Form, copy of test scores, and payment to CHEC Independent School, 10461 South Parker Rd., Parker, CO 80134.

Which tests can I use?

There are several options available when it comes to selecting a test. Please click here to jump to the explanation for each test.

Is the TCAP required or acceptable?

Both the homeschool law and the CHEC Independent School policy is to require a nationally standardized test. The TCAP is specific only to students in Colorado which does not fulfill this requirement.

What other option is there besides testing?

A child’s academic progress may also be evaluated by a “qualified” person.  “Qualified person” means an individual who is a licensed teacher, a teacher who is employed by an independent or parochial school, a licensed psychologist, or a person with a graduate degree in education.  Evaluation results must show that the child is making sufficient academic progress according to the child’s ability. If you are planning on doing an evaluation, please 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 to view a list of evaluators.

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Accepted Tests

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS): 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.

Stanford Achievement Test (SAT): 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 under High School Testing).

California Achievement Test (CAT): – 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).  For more information on interpreting CAT results Click Here

Terra Nova Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) – 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.

NOTE: The PSAT, SAT, and ACT are college entrance exams and do not qualify as Nationally Standardized Achievement tests as required by Colorado homeschool law.

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.

Where to Order Tests

Bob Jones University Press, Testing and Evaluation Service

bjupress.com (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 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

Seton Homeschool Services



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





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


Brewer Testing Services



Tests available: Iowa Test of Basic Skills, TerraNova


Catforms Testing Service



Tests available: California Achievement Test


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


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



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


Location: Colorado Springs


Jan Hummel


Location: Loveland


Yvonne Polhemus



Location: Castle Rock


Sharon Lindsay


Location: Sedalia

Services: Woodcock Johnson Diagnostic Test


Colorado Heritage Education School System (CHESS)


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

Location: Greeley

Services: Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Evaluation


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


Location: Broomfield

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


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


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


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

Location: Canon City

Services: Evaluation

Credentials: Colorado Certified Teacher, Masters in Library Science.


Joan Girkins


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



Location: Broomfield

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

Credentials: Current teaching license in CO and CA.


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


High School Testing

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