Standardized Testing

According to Colorado Homeschool Law (C.R.S. 33-22-104.5(3)(f)), home-based students are required to be evaluated in odd years beginning in 3rd grade. Summit offers multiple testing opportunities for parents to evaluate the academic progress of their students. Home-based Summit students are not required to participate in Summit's testing, but they may do so if they sign up in advance. Summit full-time (non-home-based) students are required to meet all statewide testing requirements. At this time Summit can only test currently enrolled students. In most cases, testing is free. Below are descriptions of the available tests. Please note that many of the tests have sign up deadlines.

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The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)

Grades 1-8

  • Testing booklets offered for students in grades 1-2 (taken at home, returned for grading by April 15)

  • Testing offered for grades 3 through 8 at Summit South -- April 13-14, 2021

  • Students will arrive at Summit by 8:15am to begin testing at 8:30am.

  • Testing is offered only to currently enrolled Summit South students at their current grade level.

  • Testing is free; however, students must sign up to participate.  Sign up deadline is February 26th.

  • To sign up or to learn more about Summit's Iowa testing, click here.

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The PSAT

Grades 9-10

  • PLEASE NOTE: These Colorado state-administered tests will be offered at The Summit Academy in Westminster on April 13, 2021.

  • Sign up deadline is February 4, 2021.

  • Like the SAT, the PSAT is a nationally normed standardized test. The PSAT is specifically designed to help students prepare for the SAT, which most students take in their junior or senior year.

  • Colorado requires the PSAT (grades 9 and 10) if your student is registered as a full-time student with Summit South.

  • The tests are optional if your student is registered as a part-time student with Summit South.

  • The tests are free and also meet the requirements for standardized testing for homeschool students.

  • For more information about the PSAT, including test day checklist, calculator regulations, and practice materials, click on the College Board link.

  • To sign up or learn more about Summit's administration of the PSAT, click on the appropriate button. This will take you to the info and signup page at The Summit Academy in Westminster.

  • Ms. Sweeney will be onsite for Test Day. Please email with any questions you have about the tests.

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The SAT

Grade 11

  • PLEASE NOTE: These Colorado state-administered tests will be offered at The Summit Academy in Westminster on April 13, 2021.

  • Sign up deadline is February 4, 2021.

  • The SAT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area exams in reading, writing and language, and mathematics.

  • Colorado requires and pays for every full-time junior to take the exam.

  • The test is optional if your student is registered as a part-time student with Summit South.

  • The test is free and also meets the requirements for standardized testing for homeschool students.

  • For more information about the SAT, including test day checklist, calculator regulations, and practice materials, click on the College Board link.

  • To sign up or learn more about Summit's administration of the SAT, click on the appropriate button below. This will take you to the info and signup page at The Summit Academy in Westminster.

  • Ms. Sweeney will be onsite for Test Day. Please email with any questions you have about the tests.

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Other Testing Options

In addition to taking the Iowa test through Summit South and the PSAT/SAT test through The Summit Academy in Westminster, there are other options parents may choose for testing:

 

  • Teacher Evaluation  Parents may arrange with a teacher to do an evaluation.  Any certified teacher in Colorado can do an evaluation that shows that “the child is making sufficient academic progress according to the child’s ability," and that information can be submitted to the school district that received the notification of intent to homeschool. Besides Colorado certified teachers, other “qualified persons” who can do this evaluation include a teacher employed by a private school, a licensed psychologist, or a person with a graduate degree in education.

  •  Iowa Testing At Home  Parents who have a bachelor's degree can go here to order the test. Parents can be approved as a tester and order the Iowa test for about $40.

  •  California Achievement Test  Parents who do not have a bachelor's degree can search the Internet for “California Achievement Test” and order it, either in online or paper format, from any of a number of suppliers for about $20-25. Orders should include composite scores -- several of the CAT suppliers charge a bit more for that service, but it is needed for Colorado's state reporting requirements.

  • Stanford Achievement Test  Parents can also go to HomeschoolTestingServices.com and order the paper or online version of the Stanford Achievement Test for around $40-50. Homeschool Testing Services also offers an on-site test; check their website for more information.

  •  Any of these tests (Iowa, California Achievement Test, Stanford Achievement Test) meet the state requirement for a nationally-normed standardized test and can be submitted to the district or private school that received the notification of intent to homeschool. Summit South can also hold those test results in each student's record if needed.