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

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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~

Homeschool Assessment Options

Wow! How did that happen? 2021 is here and before you know it, school will be ending. If you are new to homeschooling, I wanted to let you know you have a few options for having your child assessed. These assessments only apply if you are going to continue to homeschool for the 2021-22 school year. Otherwise, you just enroll your child for the coming school year.

If you are going to homeschool for the 2021-2022 academic year then you may choose one (or more) of these options. Some families choose to do testing and a Written Narrative. Why? Because they want to see where their student is ranked nationally for their own knowledge, but don’t want to turn in the results and turn in the Written Narrative instead.

** Option 1: Testing with a nationally normed test (IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Stanford, or the California Achievement Test are those that are typically used). You can fill out this form and submit it with the Ohio Home Education Notification Form. Option 1 Link

** Option 2: Portfolio Review/Written Narrative It is referred to by several names, but they all mean the same thing. What is this exactly? A licensed or certified teacher, holding a valid Ohio teaching certificate reviews samples of your child’s academic work that you supply. The teacher reviews the work and signs a form that states your child has progressed in accordance with his/her abilities. Each assessor is a bit different in what they would like to see with regard to your child’s work. As an assessor, I like to see a sample of the beginning, middle, and end of the year in each subject area. This gives me an overview of your school year. Here is the form you need to have signed for this option. Option 2 Link This form is submitted with the Ohio Home Education Notification Form.

** Option 3: An alternative academic assessment of the child’s proficiency mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent. I don’t know many families who choose this option, but what I have heard done is if you know someone who holds a teaching license from a different state and you want them to assess your child, you can use this option. Or, if you are an Ohio licensed teacher and want to submit a written narrative of your student’s work you can as the superintendent if that is acceptable. I personally just had someone else do the assessment since it was good to have another teacher’s thoughts.

Speaking of Written Narrative assessments, I will begin reviewing students’ work in March and will finish in August. I will have more information on how to submit paperwork, pricing, etc. The first week of February I will have my annual portfolio review giveaway so be sure to enter for a chance to win.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~