Colorado Homeschool Evaluations
Colorado’s homeschool statute requires that all home educated children have their academic progress assessed every other year, in the odd grade levels. Instead of giving them a nationally standardized achievement test, our homeschool statute gives us a wonderful alternative: Homeschool Evaluations.
The Evaluation must be done at some point in 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. There is no particular month you have to schedule it or complete it. Evaluations can be done anytime. In the spring, over the summer, in the fall after the traditional public school year begins, or in the middle of winter — the timing is completely up to you. Now, your school district would like to receive the evaluation results at the end of the school year or just before the next one begins, and they may even tell you they have a legal right to require such a thing. They don’t. There is nothing in the Colorado statute that denotes a month or deadline or any other time period for doing evaluations OR tests. If the district persists and keeps bugging you, ask them [nicely] to show you exactly where it says that in the law. What section? What paragraph? Nothing against them, they’re usually good folks who mean well, but they’re not trained in understanding our homeschool law. Most haven’t even read it. Many more don’t even know we have a separate statute just for us. They only know what they’ve been told. So educate them, but gently.
Please remember that grade level has absolutely nothing to do with how old the student is. It’s apples and oranges. The Colorado Homeschool Law In A Nutshell explains the difference in detail.
Colorado Homeschool Evaluators
West River Academy
My personal favorite. Peggy Webb is the owner of WRA, an accredited K-12 private school for homeschoolers. She unschooled her own and has been doing unschooling and relaxed homeschooling evaluations for over 20 years. She has years of experience in assessing the spectrum of homeschooled children; ones who use a structured curricula, kids who are free-range and unschooly, ones with unique learning styles, and those who have special situations such as parents in the military, constant traveling, living overseas, pursuing acting/dancing/singing careers, etc. Evaluations are done by email attachments, or postal mail. Call (970) 241-4137 or email Peggy directly. Mention “RMEC” and get $10 off your child’s evaluation!
Kiki, a former public school teacher, never enrolled her own kids in public school. Instead she decided that homeschooling was the best option, and has educated them with an eclectic mix of homeschooling and unschooling for 13 years, to accommodate their dyslexia. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from CU, along with a certified Colorado teacher’s license. She’s been doing evaluations in her home for 8 years. Email her to set up a time.
Elaine is a former homeschooler, previous public and charter school teacher, with endorsements in Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL), plus a Masters in Education. She lives in Fairplay and prefers doing evaluations in-person, but if you’re not within driving distance, Skype or postal mail work, too. Call (719) 839-5817 or email her. Mention “RMEC” and you get a $10 discount!
Denver metro and Front Range
Cheryl is both a Ph.D and veteran unschooler. She’s been performing in-person evaluations for 17+ years and is very familiar with the wide and wonderful range of learning styles kids have. Call (303) 995-2149 or email her a week in advance to set an appointment.
Colorado Homeschool Evaluation Service
Canon City and Southern Colorado
Judy Van Acker is a retired homeschool mom and has been conducting evaluations since 1992. She’s a librarian by trade and has a valid Colorado Teacher Certificate. She does her evaluations by postal mail or email. Visit her website listed above or contact her by email.
Grand Junction and Western Slope
Lynne pulled her autistic teen out of public school in order to unschool and give her child a better education involving real life, raising chickens and interacting with as many people as possible. She holds a BS from the University of Dayton and a Masters in Education from Xavier University. Lynne likes to begin her evaluations with a personal phone call and then see what method of communication works best for both parties. 970-216-0326.
C.H.E.S.S (Colorado Heritage Education School System) offers personal evaluations at a reduced price during their Greeley, Fort Collins, and Loveland achievement testing sessions.
Note: I only list Colorado Evaluators who are also unschoolers themselves, or have experience dealing with homeschooling or unschooling families. If that describes you and you would like to be added to this list shoot me an email.