Testing Thoughts

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Each state has different homeschool laws. In my home state, after age 7, our homeschool students have to take an annual standardized test. I do not like to stress them out about this test. It is to fulfill the state requirement.

As their teacher, I know where they are strong academically, and I know where they are weak. I don’t need a test to tell me that.
One thing it does help them to have an experience with a test where you fill in the bubble. They will likely experience this type of testing if they go to college.

If you child has to take a standardized test, look into your options and know your state requirements. Some private schools allow homeschool students to test alongside their students for a fee.

You can find online standardized tests that are not expensive, if you have multiple children who need to test. You can choose between an online test or a paper test depending on the company. I prefer the computerized version.

One of my children needed to take the test without a timer due to some learning issues. We found a tester who worked with him on testing without the pressure of a timer. We also used a test that was largely oral with a small component of writing.

If my state did not require a standardized test, I don’t know that I would do it. But since I have had to do this every year, it is a nice gauge for me to look back at their progress from year to year.
Do you have questions about testing? I don’t have all of the answers, but I am willing to listen if you have questions.

Your Zone Mission for today is to declutter your desk top.

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

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Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.


Testing Thoughts — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Tami, when the kid take the State test at home, how did the State get the results? Did they send you the paper results in the mail? Thank you so much! Jessica

    • I used an outside testing company. They sent me an email with the results. I have a copy in my permanent file. I only retain a copy. I do not mail a copy into the state.

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