Homeschool testing

Test Comparison for Homeschool Proof of Progress

 

Virginia students who take a nationally normed standardized achievement test must have a composite score in or above the fourth stanine in order to continue to homeschool. The fourth stanine begins at 23 percentile.

Many good tests measure different aspects of learning; however, not all tests meet Virginia’s statutory requirements for evidence of progress. 

The following chart, while not a comprehensive list,  includes many of the most popular tests that do meet Virginia’s requirements for evidence of progress.   

Standardized Test Comparison Chart

Name of Test

Iowa (ITBS)

California (CAT)

Iowa

CAT Survey

TerraNova

Stanford 10

Common Providers

BJU Press Testing
(w/HEAV partnership)

Years Normed

2017

2017

1970/1987
2018

1970/1987
2018

2017

1986

2005

2018

Grade Levels

K-12

K-12

2-12 

2-12

K-12

4-12

K-12

3-12

Online/
Paper

Online

Paper

Online

Paper

Paper

Paper

Paper

Online

Subjects Covered

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Reading, Language Arts, Math

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Degree Required?

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

No

Timed/
Untimed

Timed

Timed

Both

Untimed

Untimed
K -2 (except
grades 1-2 math)

Timed

Timed

Untimed

Completion Time
(estimate)

3 hours over 2 days

Spread over several days

Flexible

Flexible

2½–5 hours over 2-3 days

2½ hours

2-5½ hours over 2-3 days

2.75-5.5 hours over 2 days

Ordering
time

10 days

4-6 weeks

none stated

none stated

3 weeks – 5 months

up to 5 months

3 weeks – 5 months

3 weeks – 5 months

Scoring Time

7 business days

2-3 weeks

Instant

2 weeks

Within 2 weeks

Within 2 weeks

Within 2 weeks

1-2 days

IEP Accomo-dations

None

Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Flexible

Flexible

Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Grade Level
to order

Grade just completed

Grade just completed

Grade completed (unless given during last 4 weeks of school)

Grade completed (unless given during last 4 weeks of school)

The grade just completed

The grade just completed

The grade just completed

The grade just completed

Practice Test

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Price

$35

$35

$25 + $3* (*premium scoring for composite)

$25 + $3* (*premium scoring for composite)

Grade K: $45 Grades K-3: $40
Grades 3-12: $32

$29

$43

$40