Homeschool Assessments

I have been getting several inquiries about homeschool assessments (portfolio reviews) this year and thought I would share some things with you. I also have a document that you can print off for your convenience.

Do I need to have my child assessed? Yes, you need to have an assessment done this year if you are going to continue homeschooling next year. This can be a portfolio review or a standardized test.

Are you meeting in person or online this year? I am meeting everyone virtually via Zoom. You can sign up for a free account by going to zoom.us

How do I schedule an appointment? You can sign up using an online scheduling website. It will sync to your calendar and send you a reminder of your appointment. https://calendly.com/schoolmarmohio

How do I send work to you? There are three ways to do this:

Option 1: I will send you a family folder through Google Drive and you can upload samples of work any time prior to our appointment.

Option 2: You can drop off work to my house or mail me copies of work that you don’t need returned. If you are choosing to do this, then please send me an email.

Option 3: Use Dropbox or send me a file via email.

What is the cost? My fee for one student has not increased in many years and I know family’s budgets are tight, so I am offering a discount if you have multiple children.

Fees for 2021
1 student $40.00
2 students $75.00
3 students $102.00
4 students $132.00
5+ students $155.00

I look forward to serving you. Please contact me if you have any questions. schoolmarmohio@me.com

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

2021 Homeschool Assessment Giveaway

2021 Portfolio Review Giveaway

Today is the last day to enter the annual portfolio review giveaway. CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Two families will be chosen to receive a free portfolio review. (Each one is a $40.00 value) Feel free to share this post with other families who need a review. I would love to see them win.

I will announce the winners on Tuesday, February 23. So be sure to check back and see if you have won.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

2021 Homeschool Assessment Giveaway

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CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY->>> 2021 Portfolio Review Giveaway

I have begun booking appointments for the 2020-2021 school year. I want to kick off the annual review season in a big way with my annual giveaway. For two weeks (February 8- 22), you can enter to win one of two reviews (each are a 40.00 value). I have a few new options for this year’s giveaway, so be sure to enter.

This year I am meeting families online, so even if you do not live nearby, we can discuss the school year and you will have personal time to share, ask questions, etc. Here is the document with details for scheduling, getting samples to me, rates, and payment.

I hope you win! If you have already booked an appointment with me for this year, I will cheerfully be entering your name into the Giveaway.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Annual Portfolio Review Giveaway

Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com

I have exciting news! I have begun booking appointments for the 2020-2021 school year and my annual portfolio review giveaway has begun. For two weeks (February 8- 22), you can enter to win one of two reviews (each are a 40.00 value). I have a few new options for this year’s giveaway, so be sure to enter.

This year I am meeting families online, so even if you do not live nearby, we can discuss the school year and you will have personal time to share, ask questions, etc. Here is the document with details for scheduling, getting samples to me, rates, and payment.

I hope you win! If you have already booked an appointment with me for this year, I will cheerfully be entering your name into the Giveaway.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Testing Options for Homeschooling

Last week I wrote about the homeschool Written Assessment option if you are interested in learning more about that. This week I am addressing Option 1 for yearly assessments: testing. The requirement is that you must have your student take a nationally normed test. There are several from which to choose: California Achievement Test; The IOWA Test of Basic Skills, and the Stanford Achievement Test. I located a comprehensive comparison chart so you can determine which test is best for your family’s needs. Standardized Tests Comparison Chart.

Here are some things to keep in mind when considering testing:

Is your student reading well? I would not have a child take a standardized test if they are not reading independently or are not good listeners. In the younger grades, students read parts of it and also have portions of the tests read to them, but when they are in third grade they read all of it independently.

Some tests are not available for the primary grades. Be sure to check.

For some of the tests you order a specific test based upon the time of year. Students are expected to have acquired more knowledge at the end of the year as opposed to the beginning of the year.

Check the guidelines and whether you can administer the test yourself or if you have to have someone else administer it.

Consider the length of time for the test. Online is different than paper, and some tests have a shorter period in which you can administer the test.

Is there a deadline when your student can take the test?

See how quickly you get the results. There can be a spring rush and take more time to get the test results.

Where do I order tests? Here are two reputable testing companies from which to order tests. BJU Press or Seton Testing

Once you have your student’s results, you can fill out this form and return with next year’s notification form if you are going to continue to homeschool. Option #1

If your student is returning to school then you do not need to test or do a homeschool assessment. You enroll your student and the school will determine what placement testing they would like to do, if anything.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~