Participants Needed for Multi-State Research Project
Quality research on homeschooled students’ academic achievement provides a powerful tool for OCEANetwork to protect homeschool freedoms in Oregon. Strong scores make a convincing argument that homeschooling is successful without government control.
The Problem: Current Data is Outdated
Scrutiny of homeschooling has been on the rise. Powerful forces in the legislature are always prepared to threaten homeschool freedom. As always, quality research is a powerful tool in protecting those freedoms!
We all know that homeschoolers test, on average, higher than their public school peers. Did you know that data is 15 years old? It’s time to fix that.
The Solution: The 2023 Academic Achievement Study
OCEANetwork, along with other state homeschool organizations across the country, is partnering with National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) and BJU Press Homeschool to conduct the 2023 Academic Achievement Study.
This multi-state research project will provide new and helpful information for the vital work of defending homeschool freedoms, both in Oregon and nationwide.
We’re asking you to have all your students tested this year.
Oregon homeschool students are only required to test in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. However, obtaining accurate and complete research results depends on a significant number of students in all grades participating.
We know that having all your homeschool students tested can be a financial burden. However, the benefits are two-fold: you receive helpful information from the tests for each of your children, and you help to preserve homeschool freedoms in Oregon.
What You Need to Know
- Participation in this study is optional.
- Your student takes a standardized test.
- You fill out a survey.
- Data in this blind study will be provided to NHERI who will compile and publish the results.
- All data collected is ANONYMOUS.
Research Agreement & Survey
By completing the Research Agreement & Survey (see Step 3 below) and providing your student’s ID number from BJU Press, you are agreeing to allow OCEANetwork and BJU Press to work with NHERI to create group reports that will be used for blind studies.
Your responses will be kept confidential. Names will not be used in reports or publications of the study. The survey only takes 5-10 minutes for you to complete per student.
We are asking you to willingly participate in this study. You are not required to do so. However, The results will be more reliable with more participation and have more impact on homeschool freedoms in Oregon!
Thank you for being willing to join in this critical research to support homeschool freedom for the next generation!
~ The OCEANetwork Team
STEPS TO PARTICIPATE
Order your student’s test using OCEANetwork’s Parent Portal.
(Learn more in the How to Order Your Student’s Test section below.)
Wait for your student’s ID Number to be assigned. This ID number is 10 digits long. The ID number will be accessible in the Parent Portal approximately two weeks prior to your testing dates.
Using your student’s ID number, complete the anonymous survey and research agreement once for each student BEFORE your student has completed testing.
How to Order Your Student’s Test (10% Discount)
The 2023 Academic Research Study partnered with BJU Press Homeschool to provide you tests (Iowa Assessments) at a 10% discount.
You have three testing options to participate in the study. If it’s a testing year for your student (grades 3, 5, 8, or 10) and you want this test to satisfy that requirement, you MUST choose one of the first two options.
- Online testing with BJU, using one of the provided testing dates provided in the Parent Portal.
- Paper testing with BJU, where your test administrator is BOTH qualified per the Oregon homeschool law AND approved as a BJU tester.
- Paper testing with BJU, where your test administrator is NOT qualified per the Oregon homeschool law but IS approved as a BJU tester. (May not be used for required homeschool testing in Oregon.)
- When ordering paper tests, set your own test date, and order four weeks prior to the desired date.
- To order online tests, choose from the provided dates and follow the instructions. Register at least two weeks ahead of the desired online testing date.
- Create an account or log in here to access the OCEANetwork Parent Portal.
- Use OCEANewtork’s ID number to log in: RMJ4FF9N
- Questions? Download step-by-step Standardized Testing online ordering instructions.
- If you are ordering the paper version of the Iowa Assessment, please see additional requirements.
Order by Phone
- Call BJU Press directly at (800) 845-5731 to order your test(s).
- Connect to Testing & Evaluation Dept.
- Ask to be included in OCEANetwork’s group
- Use OCEANetwork’s ID number: RMJ4FF9N
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the testing and research?
This data from testing will be used by NHERI to create state-specific homeschool research for OCEANetwork to share with Oregon legislators as we work to protect the freedoms that private homeschool families enjoy in Oregon.
Does OCEANetwork benefit financially?
OCEANetwork does not receive any portion of the testing fees. In fact, registrants receive a discount on the testing fees by using OCEANetwork’s online portal for test registration.
Who will receive the data?
Parents will receive the results for their student’s test. Though OCEANetwork and NHERI will have access to the raw data, no one but the parents will have access to any student-identifiable information or family information. The data collected for the study will only be used for Oregon-specific and nationwide homeschool research.
Who is NHERI?
NHERI is a trusted and longstanding leading research group that has served state organizations – like OCEANetwork – across the nation, homeschool families, scholars, the media, courts, policymakers, and the general public for over 32 years. No student’s or family’s personally identifying information will be released to NHERI.
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 OCEANetwork and NHERI for analysis 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 enrolled in a charter / virtual public school program are not included in the research because they are under different laws and regulations.
Who can administer the BJU tests for my child?
The online BJU tests include a remote test administrator that monitors your student’s progress. (You or someone else at least 18 years old will also need to be in the room to watch them.) Find more FAQs about the online test here.
For a paper test, you’ll need to find a qualified test administrator who is approved through BJU. You can find one here or have a test administrator apply here to become qualified through BJU.
Note: If this is a required testing year for your student (grades 3, 5, 8, and 10) and you’d like to use the BJU tests from this study for that, you’ll need to make sure your paper test administrator is both approved by BJU and is a qualified test administrator per Oregon homeschool laws. The online BJU tests already provide a remote test administrator and protocols approved by the ODE for satisfying the testing requirements in Oregon.
Can my student’s test results from another source be included?
For 2023, only the Iowa Assessments will be used for the study.
If you have another test vendor that you’d like to use instead of BJU for the testing, have them reach out to Homeschool Freedom to inquire about it. (Basic Skills has already been set up and is helping parents participate in the study.)
Will the tests completed for this study through BJU qualify for the required Oregon homeschool testing?
If this is a required testing year for your student (grades 3, 5, 8, and 10) and you’d like to use the BJU tests from this study for that, you’ll need to make sure your paper test administrator is both approved by BJU and is a qualified test administrator per Oregon homeschool laws. The online BJU tests already provide a remote test administrator and protocols approved by the ODE for satisfying the testing requirements in Oregon.
The Oregon ESDs have also been notified by the ODE that online tests that meet the Oregon homeschool laws should be admissible for required standardized tests. As per usual, complete testing by August 15th for grades 3, 5, 8, and 10, and keep test results on file to submit to your ESD if they request it.
What Do the Tests Cost?
- The Iowa Assessments™ Achievement Test is $35/student for paper (in addition to the cost required by the test administrator you choose) and $45/student for the online test. (See ordering instructions above.)
- If you also want a cognitive abilities test for your own information, the Iowa Assessments™ Achievement Test with Cognitive Abilities Test™ is $55/student for paper and $70/student for the online test. (See ordering instructions above.) Learn more about the CogAT.
- Families receive a 10% discount when ordering through our Parent Portal.
- No shipping costs for online tests
When Can We Complete the Testing?
Paper tests for the study can be completed anytime now through August 15th, 2023 and can be purchased through our Parent Portal.
You can also choose from online test dates when you order. Online tests last over the course of two consecutive days and can be purchased through our Parent Portal.
- 3/30 – 3/31 from 10:30AM – 1:30PM PT
- 5/9 – 5/10 from 8:00AM – 11:00AM PT
There Aren’t Enough Online Test Dates to Get All Our Children Tested for the Study. What do we do?
If you have several children, consider having only students for whom it’s a required testing year (grades 3, 5, 8, and 10) do the online testing. As long as each child is using a different computer, you can have multiple children doing tests during the same timeslot. Choosing to do paper testing with a tester who is qualified per Oregon homeschool law and approved as a BJU tester would also work.
For any children who don’t have to complete required testing for Oregon this year, use the paper BJU tests. You can get approved yourself as a BJU test administrator and submit the test results.
When Will We Get Test Results for Our Own Student?
You will receive test results for your student within 10 business days. For paper tests you’ll get results within 20 business days from the time the completed tests are received by BJU.