Testing and Testing Services
The state law requires each homeschool to administer a nationally standardized achievement test, or other nationally standardized equivalent measure to all homeschool students annually until they graduate. Homeschools that don’t administer an annual test to each of their students are not legally valid schools. If the homeschool is planning to issue a diploma they must meet the legal requirements to insure the diploma is valid. Some prospective employers or colleges want to see the test scores for all the high school years. The state does not dictate which test must be given or who is to administer it. Because of the NC compulsory attendance law, if your students are younger than seven, they are not required to be in school, therefore, are not required to be tested.
From the DNPE website:
“In accordance with G.S. 115C-564, the home school chief administrator is required to administer a nationally standardized test or other nationally standardized equivalent measurement to each enrolled student on an annual basis. The nationally standardized test or other equivalent measurement selected by the chief administrator must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics. The chief administrator is responsible for securing and scheduling the nationally standardized test. The test results must be kept on file at the home school for at least one year thereafter. Failure to retain test results may jeopardize your child’s proper grade placement when seeking enrollment in a conventional school. The test results must also be made available for annual inspection upon request by a DNPE staff member.”
Many local support groups organize group testing for their members. If you are interested in group testing, contact a local group leader. If you need help in finding the support group nearest you, contact your region’s Regional Liaison.
Additional information about testing can be found at the DNPE FAQ: http://www.ncdnpe.org/FAQs/hhh114s.aspx
To the right we have provided a list of tests that are commonly used and below a list of providers.
Commonly Used Nationally Standardized Tests
All homeschooled students are required to receive a yearly nationally standardized achievement test. By law, this test must measure achievement in the areas of English grammar, reading, spelling and mathematics. The most commonly used achievement tests are the California Achievement Test, the TerraNova, the Woodcock Johnson, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, the Stanford Achievement Test, and the Metropolitan Achievement Test.
Tests may also be ordered and administered individually.
Below are descriptions of commonly used tests.
The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions. If the essay section is included, the ACT also meets the NC homeschool testing requirement. The ACT code for NC is 969-999.
California Achievement Test (Cat/5®)
The California Achievement Test®, Fifth Edition (CAT/5®) is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades K-12.
The TerraNova test is a nationally-recognized, norm-referenced, standardized achievement test for grades K-12.
Iowa Test of Basic Skills and Iowa Test of Educational Development
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades K-8. The Iowa Test of Educational Development is a nationally standardized achievement test for grades 9-12.
Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS)
The PASS test is specifically designed for homeschoolers and is for grades 3-8.
The SAT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions. If the essay section is included, the SAT also meets the NC homeschool testing requirement. The SAT code is 970 000.
Woodcock Johnson Psycho-educational Test
The Woodcock Johnson III is a nationally standardized test which is professionally given by a tester suitable for ages two to ninety-nine.
For high school and college admissions testing, visit the Homeschooling High School section of our website.
Organizations Providing Tests
for North Carolina Homeschools
Academic Achievement Testing
1311 Westbrook Plaza Dr.
Winston Salem NC 27103
Telephone: 336 239-5529 or 336 659-8202
Tests: Woodcock Johnson IV, Dyslexia screenings
Test: California Achievement Test (CAT)
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV, Stanford 10, Stanford 10 w/ OLSAT, IOWA Tests, IOWA Tests w/ CogAT
Affordable Homeschool Testing Services LLC
7576 260th St.
Wyoming, MN 55092
Test: Online NWEA MAP Testing
Woodcock-Johnson III and Peabody Individual Achievement Test
ATC Educational Services
Telephone: (919) 266-2228
Web address: http://www.atced.com/
Test: Woodcock-Johnson IV
Bayside School Services
P.O. Box 250
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Telephone: (800) 723-3057
Tests: TerraNova, CAT
BindrimTesting and Educational Services
Tommy and Kay Bindrim, M.Ed
302 W. Washington Street
Nashville, NC 27856 (Greater Rocky Mount area)
Telephone: (252) 451-0118
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV, career testing
Bob Jones University Press
Greenville, SC 29614
Telephone: (800) 845-5731
Tests: Iowa, Stanford
Tests: Stanford 10 Online, Iowa Forms A, C and E (Form E is new and was normed in 2012), TerraNova/CAT 6 Forms A & C, BASI Forms A & B, Woodcock-Johnson III and IV, KBIT2 (IQ), OLSAT Online (IQ)
Christian Liberty Testing Service
Classical Conversations Testing Services
255 Grant St
West End, NC 27376
Test: CTP (“Comprehensive Testing Program”)
ECHAD Educational Services
Angela L. Wilkinson, M.Ed.
307 Lancaster Avenue
Monroe, NC 28112
Telephone: (704) 441-0465
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV Tests of Achievement, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Oral Language
Educational Specialist in Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Behavior Modification
Covenant Education Services and Testing
Kristen Eckenwiler, M.Ed
1213 Queen Anne Rd.
Wilson, NC 27896
Telephone: (252) 281-4788
All appointments and payments can be made online
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV, Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised
Tests: CAT5, CTBS, TerraNova 2nd Edition (CAT/6), and BASI
Foundations Educational Services, LLC
Dawn Frink, MSW
2101 Piney Grove Wilbon Rd
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Services: Woodcock Johnson IV Tests of Achievement, Dianne Craft Brain Integration Therapy hands on workshops
Test: Woodcock-Johnson IV
Hewitt Educational Resources
P.O. Box 9
Washougal, WA 98671
Telephone: (360) 835-8708
Web address: http://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/
Test: Woodcock-Johnson IV Achievement and Cognitive testing
Tests: CAT5, Woodcock-Johnson IV
Tests: Woodcock-Johnson IV, IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Brigance (especially helpful for severely special needs students and can be administered at home)
Triangle Education Assessments
Tests: Iowa E (paper and online), Iowa A, Stanford 10 (paper and online), TerraNova2 (CAT/6), BASI, Brigance, and Woodcock-Johnson IV and III, and career tests
Test: Woodcock-Johnson IV