2023 Academic Achievement Study



Homeschooling Works! Join Our Study to Help Defend Homeschool Freedom!


We’ve all heard that homeschool students test, on average, higher than their public school peers. But did you know this data is more than 30 years old?

We continue to see increasing attacks on homeschooling and our freedom. Quality research is a powerful tool of protection, and you have the opportunity to help defend homeschool freedom by contributing to a new multistate research study! This nationwide study will collect current data to continue the important work of defending homeschool freedom.

Homeschool Freedom is partnering with National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), BJU Press Homeschool, and numerous state homeschool organizations (Homeschool Wyoming included!) to conduct a research project that will provide new and helpful information to homeschool families, homeschool support organizations, policymakers, and the general public.

Your participation will allow all homeschoolers to showcase the success of homeschool students to legislators in our great state of Wyoming as well as nationwide. All data collected is ANONYMOUS. Participation in this study is optional. The greater the participation, the more valuable and compelling the study results will be!

How Do I Participate?

STEP ONE: Make a Testing Plan

STEP TWO: Order Your Test

STEP THREE: Take the Survey

Why Test?

We are fortunate in Wyoming that our laws do not require that we test our student's yearly or at all!  That being said, there can be good reasons to test our children from time to time. 

  • BENCHMARK PROGRESS - while we are blessed to have our children learn at their own pace, it may sometimes be helpful to assess how their progress compares to other children their age.
  • DISCOVER EDUCATIONAL GAPS -Homeschool testing can help you find areas in your children's educational programs that need more attention. It can also help you determine if the curricula you are using is effective.
  • DEVELOP TEST TAKING SKILLS-Following directions, relaxing under pressure, pacing oneself, and completing work in an allotted time are all needed skills that can be honed through taking standardized tests.

    Homeschool testing can be a valuable preparation for college entrance exams such as the ACT and SAT.

  • PRESERVE HOMESCHOOL FREEDOM-Establishing a database of compiled scores lends credibility to the educational excellence of Wyoming homeschool students. Because homeschooled students historically score very high, the larger the number of students tested, the more convincing our scores become to both legislators and the public.

  • Your participation is encouraged, not only for your own information, but to continue to safeguard our freedoms.



Our Research Project Partners

National Home Education & Research Institute (NHERI) is a trusted and longstanding leading research group that has served state homeschool organizations across the nation, homeschool families, scholars, the media, courts, policymakers, and the general public for over 32 years. NHERI will collect data for analysis and summary through a brief anonymous survey. No student’s or family’s personally identifying information will be released to NHERI. Your responses will be kept confidential. Names will not be used in reports or publications for any individual state study or multistate study. Research reports based on the data may then be presented to outlets such as homeschool organizations’ websites, legislators, policymakers, the homeschool community, or scholarly journals.

BJU Press Homeschool 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 Homeschool maintains their customer files, including student IDs and test scores, as part of their regular operation whether you test with them individually or in conjunction with a homeschool support group or state homeschool organization.)

By completing the Research Agreement & Survey and providing your student’s ID number from BJU Press Homeschool, you are agreeing to allow BJU Press Homeschool to work with NHERI to create group reports that will be used for blind studies. The survey only takes five to ten minutes to complete per student. Participants should plan to complete the survey after receiving their student’s testing ID number and before their student takes their test. Only families who complete the anonymous survey and include their student’s ID number will be included in the BJU Press Homeschool reports provided to NHERI.