CHEA has been working with BJU Press Homeschool, Family Protection Ministries (FPM), and NHERI (National Home Education Research Institute) to gather enough state-specific data for our own set of research. This has never been done before and it is critically needed as we prepare for the legislative season. We had a great response last year and are looking to collect even more data to be part of this study. Please consider utilizing BJU Testing & Evaluation for your testing needs to help homeschool research in California and partnering states.
With the 2021-2022 standardized testing season upon us, BJU Press can provide a more convenient testing experience for CHEA families. BJU Press Testing & Evaluation has been working with homeschool families for over 30 years, making them the most experienced and trusted provider of standardized testing. They know the process, and they are ready to help you through every step. Their service doesn’t stop even when the tests are graded. Just call in, and they will help you understand the results—including how you can use the scores to help your child.
And BJU Press Testing & Evaluation is making achievement testing better than ever through online testing on your Mac or Windows computer, iPad, or Chromebook. With faster results (within five to seven days), no shipping costs to pay, and a test administrator provided, the benefits will seem endless. And testing at home will save you traveling and daycare costs!
We have partnered with BJU Press to offer the Iowa Assessments™. The Iowa Assessments achievement test can be used to test your student’s knowledge of facts, basic skills and concepts common to a specific grade tested. It will also assess year-to-year progress in your students’ learning. The Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®) measures your student’s logical thinking ability in correlation with the achievement test. Using the CogAT and the Iowa Assessments together can help boost future test scores and identify students’ needs.
How to Participate
By ordering tests through the BJU Parent Portal you agree to allow BJU Testing to share parent contact information with CHEA.
BJU Press T&E gives you flexible test dates. Online testing schedule available.
Results for online testing are posted to parents’ accounts within 7 calendar days.
Order and submit payment directly to BJU Press Testing and Evaluation.
The Iowa Assessments Online achievement test Form E costs $35/student or $55/student with the Cognitive Abilities Test. (This price does not reflect 10% discount if ordered through the Parent Portal link.)
Online Testing Schedule
Print or Download the 2022 Testing Schedule.
Place your order 2 weeks before your test date. The last test date for the spring/summer season is July 29, 2022.
Know your proctor info and choose a date/time from our schedule.
Order by phone or online.
To order by phone, call BJU Press directly at 800.845.5731 and use CHEA’s ID number – ZP8TPI4U.
To order online, click this link.
Confirm CHEA’s ID number ZP8TPI4U after logging in.
Download instructions for registering using the Parent Portal.
Paper and Pencil ordering instructions are available here.
Read and agree to the online user agreement. A copy may be found here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the testing and research?
California specific homeschool research has never been done and national research has not been conducted recently. This data from testing will be used to create state-specific homeschool research as CHEA and FPM work to protect the freedoms that private homeschool families enjoy in California as they meet with state representatives.
Does CHEA or FPM benefit financially?
Neither CHEA nor FPM receive any portion of the testing fees. In fact, registrants receive a discount on the testing fees by using CHEA’s online portal for test registration.
Who will receive the data?
Though CHEA, FPM, and NHERI will have access to the raw data, no one will have access to any student identifiable information or family information. The data will only be used for the purposes for which we’ve collected it; California specific homeschool research.
Will my student’s identity be kept confidential?
Your student’s identity will be secure with BJU Testing. Students’ identifying information will not be attached to their scores when passed to CHEA, FPM, and NHERI for analyzing and interpretation. Demographic information such as age, grade, number of years homeschooled, etc. will be used to interpret the data, but any other identifying information will be removed prior to being provided to the researchers.
Who can participate?
This study will focus on privately-funded homeschool students. Students who are under a single-family PSA or enrolled in a PSP may participate and have their data included in the research.
Do we have to do virtual testing? I want my student to do a paper test.
You can order virtual or paper tests through our portal.
Can my homeschool group set up tests through this portal? We do testing as a group at one central location.
Yes. Your test administrator may use this portal to order tests for all of your group. They will need to exhibit that they are qualified test proctors before orders will be filled.
Can my student’s test results from another source be included?
Yes. For more information about which tests qualify and how to participate, please go here.