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~