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Participants Needed for Multi-State Research Project

While testing is not required of homeschooled children in Indiana, strong scores make a convincing argument that homeschooling is successful without government control. We know that quality research is a powerful tool in protecting homeschool freedom. Indiana families now have the opportunity to showcase their academic success by contributing to a new, multi-state research study!

IAHE is partnering with National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), Family Protection Ministries (FPM), and BJU Press Homeschool to conduct a research project that will provide new and helpful information to homeschool families, homeschool support organizations, policymakers, and the general public. This is a multi-state research study, and we are excited to be working with other homeschool state organizations like IAHE.

Participation in this study is optional.

Research Project Partners

NHERI is a trusted and long-withstanding leading research group that has served state organizations – like IAHE – across the nation, homeschool families, scholars, the media, courts, policymakers, and the general public for over 32 years. Your responses will be kept confidential. Names will not be used in reports and publications for an Indiana study and a multi-state study.

NHERI is currently collecting data for analysis and summary through a short, anonymous survey. No student’s or family’s personally identifying information will be released to NHERI. Research reports based on the data may then be presented to outlets such as IAHE’s website, legislators, policymakers, the homeschool community, or scholarly journals. Participants should plan to complete the survey after receiving their student’s testing ID Number and before their student takes their test.

BJU Press will create reports provided to NHERI with student score data identified by an assigned student ID number only. Any such reports will contain student ID numbers but will have no personally identifying information for the students or families. (BJU Press maintains their customer files, including student ID and test scores, as part of their regular operation whether you test with them individually or in conjunction with IAHE.) Only families who complete the anonymous survey, order a test through IAHE’s Parent Portal, and include their student’s ID number will be included in the BJU Press reports provided to NHERI.

Research Agreement & Survey

By completing the Research Agreement & Survey and providing your student’s ID number from BJU Press, you are agreeing to allow IAHE 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 to complete per student.

We are asking you to willingly participate in this study. You are not required to do so. You may test with IAHE and decline to participate in the study.  However, the greater the participation, the more reliable the study results.

Thank you for being willing to join in this critical research to support homeschool freedom for the next generation! Remember, the greater the participation, the more valuable the study results will be!

Tara Bentley

IAHE Executive Director

STEPS TO PARTICIPATE

Step One

Order your student’s test using IAHE’s Parent Portal.

Step Two

Wait for your student’s ID Number to be assigned. This ID number is 10 digits long and starts with 61########. The ID number will be accessible in the Parent Portal approximately two weeks prior to your testing dates. 

Step Three

Using your student’s ID number, complete the anonymous survey once for each student BEFORE your student has completed testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the testing and research?

Indiana-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 IAHE works to protect the freedoms that private homeschool families enjoy in Indiana as they meet with state representatives.

Does IAHE benefit financially?

IAHE does not receive any portion of the testing fees. In fact, registrants receive a discount on the testing fees by using IAHE’s online portal for test registration.

Who will receive the data?

Though IAHE, 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; Indiana-specific homeschool research.

Who is Family Protection Ministries?

Family Protection Ministries (FPM) of California is a partner organization with Christian Home Educators of California (CHEA). In 2021, FPM and CHEA worked closely with NHERI to develop the groundwork for the 2022 multi-state research project.

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 IAHE 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 virtual public school program are not eligible to be included in the research.

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?

For 2022, only Iowa Assessments through BJU Press will be included.

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