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2015 IOWA TESTS

Online Testing Registration
Mail-in Testing Registration
Open May 1 to August 1, 2013

Ada Region: March 17, 18, 19
March 18, 19
(ITBS) 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
(ITED) 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Other Regions: March 3, 4, 5
March 4, 5
(ITBS) Times vary
(ITED) Times vary

Contact your Regional Coordinator for more information



STANDARDIZED TESTING

Tests are not aligned with Common Core


  1. General Information
  2. Testing Results
  3. Testing Dates
  4. Testing Registration Forms
  5. Recommended Testing Resources
  6. Scope and Sequence
  7. 15 Reasons to Test with ICHE

Why Test?

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

In Idaho, there is no statutory testing requirement for home educated students. This policy is supported by research demonstrating that the degree of governmental regulation has no significant effect on the academic performance of home schoolers and is of no apparent benefit to student learning. Whether a state imposes a high degree of regulation, low regulation, or no regulation, home school test score averages are statistically identical. (Brian D. Ray, Homeschool Progress Report 2009: Academic achievement and demographics, 2009)

IMPORTANCE

Most home educators choose to voluntarily test their children in the manner best suited to each child. Achievement test results can be a helpful tool in the development of an individual learning plan and in curriculum selection appropriate to each student. In addition, establishing a large database of compiled scores lends credibility to the educational excellence of home educated students. Because our scores are so very high, the larger the number of students tested, the more convincing our scores become to both legislators and the public. This issue was fundamental to the passage of our current favorable home education law in 2009 and to the defeat of H.R. 6, the federal legislation to eliminate home education, in 1994. Therefore, your participation is urged, not only for your own information but to continue to safeguard our freedoms.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Tests and scoring services are purchased directly from the publisher, a private corporation. The process is similar to the purchase of curriculum from any private publisher. Results are sent directly to ICHE who, in turn, mails them to individual families. Under no circumstances will individual test scores be released to anyone other than the parents.

Honors Society and Who's Who Nominations

Based on individual test scores, qualifying ICHE-tested students are nominated to two honoraries.

SUMMA CUM LAUDE SCHOLARS

Ninth through twelfth grade students with a complete composite score of the 90th percentile or higher qualify as ICHE Summa Cum Laude Scholars. Only ICHE-tested students are eligible for this honor society. Those seniors are entitled to wear white honor cords at the Idaho Home School Graduation.

WHO'S WHO

Fifth through twelfth grade students with a complete composite score of the 80th percentile or higher are nominated by ICHE to Who's Who. Those seniors are entitled to wear gold honor cords at the Idaho Home School Graduation.

ICHE Testing Program

QUALIFICATION

ICHE testing is open to all privately home educated students who are taught three or more of the following academic subjects at home: math, language, reading, science, and social studies. Our composite data is strictly a comparison of privately home educated students and publicly educated students. Therefore, students enrolled in public virtual charter schools including Idaho Virtual Academy (K-12) and IDEA do not qualify for ICHE testing.

TEST CONTENT

Students are tested on the nationally standardized Iowa Tests.

Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) grades 3-9:
Required tests: vocabulary, reading, spelling, capitalization, usage, punctuation, math (concepts, problem solving, data interpretation, estimation, and computation)
social studies, science, sources of information (maps, diagrams, and reference materials)

Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) grades 9-12:
Required tests: vocabulary, language, reading, spelling, math, computation, social studies, science, sources of information (maps, diagrams and reference materials)

Test Scope and Sequence: Ninth graders will choose either the ITBS or the ITED.

FEES

New student testing fee: $34.00
Returning student testing fee: $29.00
ICHE Membership fee
12 months added to current member expiration date
$25.00

All fees are nonrefundable. ICHE is not responsible for lost or stolen answer sheets or test results.

ITBS students: A parent or other designated adult is required to attend all testing sessions. Siblings who are not testing are not permitted at testing sites under any circumstances.

Membership status: Click here or check the expiration date on your membership card. Memberships include an ICHE Educator Discount Card and Student ID Cards which are honored by many businesses for discounts. Memberships are valid for one year.

Test Results

In addition to group composite statistics, comparisons are offered with public school scores, as well as data based upon the number of years of home education. Students who have been home educated three or more years typically score 15 to 20 points higher than those home educated for one year or less. Idaho home educated students as a whole, regardless of the number of years of home education, typically score 25 to 30 points higher than Idaho public school students.

Testing Dates

Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS): grades 3-9
Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED): grades 9-12

Spring 2015: Registration Open May 1 to August 1, 2014

Ada Region: March 17, 18, 19
March 18, 19
(ITBS) 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
(ITED) 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Other Regions: March 3, 4, 5
March 4, 5
(ITBS) Times vary
(ITED) Times vary

Test Registration Forms Posted May 1 to August 1

Testing registration is open annually from May 1 to August 1, for testing the following March. There are two ways to register for testing, by mail or online. Testing sites are filled based on postmark and online registration dates. If your requested regional testing site reaches capacity, you will be contacted with the opportunity to select a different testing site or receive a refund of your fees. Registration Packets with specific instructions concerning testing will be mailed the following January. Late registrations cannot be accepted.

  1. MAIL-IN REGISTRATION: Available May 1 - August 1 (Download form: PDF, 296k)

    Print out and complete all information on the registration form. You will receive an email confirmation, and by mail your ICHE Educator Discount and Student ID Cards, and confirmation that your registration was processed. Return the completed form and check payable to ICHE, postmarked no later than August 1 to:
    ICHE TESTING REGISTRAR
    Post Office Box 878
    Eagle, Idaho 83616


  2. ONLINE REGISTRATION: Available May 1 - August 1

    Online registration closes midnight, August 1. You will receive an immediate email confirmation that your registration has been processed. If you have difficulty in registering online, contact registrations@iche-idaho.org before the deadline with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the specific nature of your registration problem, and you will be contacted by ICHE for assistance.


  3. TESTING QUESTIONS

    (Download document: PDF, 102k)

    For further information, contact your Regional Coordinator.

Recommended Testing Resources

PREPARATION
There are many excellent resources available to familiarize students with the content and format of timed standardized tests. These are particularly helpful for students unfamiliar with the content of the Sources of Information section (tables, charts, graphs, maps, diagrams, and reference materials.) You are urged to order test preparation materials now and use them throughout the year. Test Preparation Resources.

15 Reasons to Test with ICHE

  1. Dissuades legislative regulation
  2. Private with no governmental access to test scores
  3. Low-cost testing for members
  4. Educator & student discount cards honored by many businesses
  5. Nomination to Who's Who
  6. Summa Cum Laude Scholars qualification
  7. Graduation honor cords
  8. Practice for college entrance exams
  9. Curriculum planning
  10. Detailed score reports
  11. 20 testing sites throughout Idaho
  12. Graphs comparing ICHE, Idaho, and national scores
  13. Dual enrollment qualification
  14. ICHE membership
  15. Weekly legal email updates
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