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)

Year Normed


Grade Levels

Online/Paper

Subjects Covered







Degree Required?

Timed/

Untimed




Completion Time

(estimate)

Ordering

time

Scoring Time


IEP Accomodations


Grade Level

to Order




Practice Test

Price

2017


2017


K-12

K-12

Online

Paper

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies


Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies


No


Yes


Timed




Timed




3 hours over 2 days


Spread over several days

10 days


4-6 weeks


7 business days

2-3 weeks


None



Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Grade just completed





Grade just completed





Yes

Yes

$35

$35

1970/1987

2018

1970/1987

2018

2-12

2-12

Online

Paper

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies


Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies


No


No


Both




Untimed




Flexible



Flexible



none stated


none stated


Instant


2 weeks


Flexible



Flexible



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

Grade completed (Unless given during the last 4 weeks of school)

Yes

Yes

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

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

2017


1986


2005


2018


K-12

4-12

K-12

3-12

Paper

Paper

Paper

Online

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


No


No


No


No


Untimed K -2 (except

grades 1-2 math)

Timed




Timed




Untimed




2½–5 hours over 2-3 days


2½ hours



2-5½ hours over 2-3 days

2.75-5.5 hours over 2 days

3 weeks – 5 months

up to 5 months

3 weeks – 5 months

3 weeks – 5 months

Within 2 weeks


Within 2 weeks

Within 2 weeks

1-2 days


Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

Flexible w/ diagnosed disability

The grade just completed





The grade just completed




The grade just completed




The grade just completed




Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Grades 3-12: $32 

$29





$43





$40