Q. If my child’s achievement test scores were low this year, should I test him again? What test scores are within the acceptable range for my school district?

A. A score in or above the 23rd percentile is acceptable in ALL school districts for homeschooled students. If your scores were above the 23rd percentile, you have met the requirements of the law regarding educational progress and should not be concerned that your district will question the results. It is not necessary to retest or use another method of evaluation.

NOTE: A composite score is made up of the mathematics and language-arts components of the test. You are not required to take the science or history portions.


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  1. Katie says:

    My daughter’s Composite % was 69, but one of the single %’s was a 14, the rest were all above. Should I worry about that one, or do they look at the 69%?

    Thank you

  2. Mary says:

    My concern is similar to Katie’s.

    We have a child who was tested with the CAT and scored above the 23% as a composite score. I assume this score includes the 3 sections/6 topics in which the test is divided. My concern is that one score of the 6 sections is below the 23%. Is it the full composite score that is taken into consideration, or is it the score of each section?

  3. Yvonne Bunn says:

    A sub-test can be lower than the composite. The composite score is the only score that must be at or above 23 percentile.

  4. bev bennett says:

    My child just got a 22% composite. I am ordering a new test to retake but not sure if I will receive results before aug.1. Any suggestions.

  5. Yvonne Bunn, HEAV Director of Legislative Affairs says:

    Bev, you will need to submit the scores by August 1. You may want to consider doing an independent evaluation instead of an achievement test. See http://www.heav.org for more information or call our office at 804-278-9200.