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  1. General Information
  2. Member Services
    1. Standardized Testing
    2. Legislative Day
    3. Legislative Monitoring & Analysis
    4. Leadership Networking
    5. Honor Societies
    6. Student and Teacher ID Cards
    7. Legislative Alerts
    8. Website
    9. Membership
  3. Online Membership Form
  4. When does my membership expire?
  5. Membership Benefits

  1. General Information
    Every parent has the right to home educate. Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), the national advocate for home educators, recognizes two state home school organizations in Idaho: CHOIS and ICHE. Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State (CHOIS) promotes private home education. Idaho Coalition of Home Educators (ICHE) protects the right of families to home educate without restriction in the state of Idaho. ICHE membership is independent of membership in HSLDA and CHOIS and is open to all who support home education regardless of educational choice, religious affiliation, or age. With the support of HSLDA and CHOIS, along with 19 statewide ICHE Regional Coordinators, ICHE sponsors these services:

  2. Member Services
    1. Standardized Testing
      At testing sites throughout the state, ICHE offers voluntary annual testing to privately home educated students, utilizing the Iowa Assessments. Testing is available for grades 3-12. Registration is available online only from May 1 to September 25. Annual graphs comparing ICHE scores with Idaho and national public school scores are posted on the ICHE website.

    2. Legislative Day
      At an annual Statehouse Pie Reception, ICHE testing data and student projects are displayed. Legislators and other public officials interact with students and parents concerning the excellence of home education.

    3. Legislative Monitoring & Analysis
      ICHE legal advisors closely monitor pending legislation affecting home education. ICHE advisors testify on behalf of home education freedoms in legislative committee hearings, as well as consult with our state and national representatives to influence pending legislation as it relates to home education.

    4. Leadership Networking
      ICHE representatives attend national events with homeschool leaders from other states and HSLDA. HSLDA recognizes ICHE as its state liaison on legal and legislative issues.

    5. Honor Societies
      ICHE-tested 5th through 12th grade students with qualifying composite scores are annually qualified for Who's Who Among Idaho Scholars. Additionally, those students with qualifying scores are designated Summa Cum Laude Scholars. ​Only those seniors designated as Who's Who and Summa Cum Laude Scholars are entitled to wear honor cords at the Idaho State Homeschool Graduation.

    6. Student and Teacher ID Cards
      Student and Teacher ID cards are provided to members. You will be able to log in and print your personalized cards. These are helpful for student programs and teacher discounts at many businesses.

    7. Legislative Alerts
      ICHE emails our subscribers information concerning pending legislation which directly relates to home education. Our emails include alerts and our weekly News & Updates.

    8. Website
      Our website provides online membership and registration for testing, as well as information on Idaho law, your legislators, Legislative Day, getting started homeschooling, high school helps, and homeschool issues. This site offers resources to support your home school, as well as statements from state and federal candidates regarding home education. www.iche-idaho.org

    9. Membership
      Idaho enjoys tremendous freedoms in home education, due to the work of ICHE, which has defended these freedoms since 1992. Yet, ICHE needs the participation of every home educating family to continue in this endeavor. Recent challenges to home education have increased, as have the costs of responding effectively. ICHE is an Idaho, non-profit corporation with an all-volunteer staff. Donations and membership fees are the sole support of this organization. A small investment from each home educating family will enable ICHE to remain strong and viable. Thank you for your support!

  3. Online Membership Form
    After completing your membership online, you will receive an immediate email notification that your registration has been completed. You will be able to print your ICHE Educator and Student ID Cards. If you have difficulty registering online, contact registration@iche-idaho.org with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the specific nature of your registration problem. The membership registrar will contact you.

  4. When does my membership expire?
    Follow this link to check your membership status, and print out Student and Educator cards.

  5. Membership Benefits
    1. Weekly ICHE News & Updates via email
    2. ICHE Educator Cards effective for one year
    3. Student ID Cards effective for one year
    4. ICHE legislative action alerts
    5. Membership packet & testing information
    6. Participation in Legislative Day
    7. Annual standardized testing
    8. Honor society student nominations
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