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3/31/11 3:14 P

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In my state (Pa), it is required for homeschoolers to give one of several approved tests in grades 3,5,8. In those years I selected the California Achievement Test; it was affordable and the turn around time for the results was really good as well. In non testing years, I do not bother with standardized testing because as long as he is making progress in the curriculum I've purchased for the year he is on track.

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3/27/11 8:25 P

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I test every other year, mostly because the state likes it and I prefer to keep them from snooping into my life. Usually I use setonhome.org short SAT as they are the cheapest and it's a good way to get the kids used to occasional test taking. I've used Hewitt's PASS test too and have found those results more interesting than the SAT, but in never have I been surprised at the results emoticon

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3/26/11 7:34 P

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We just started K12's public school online for Oklahoma with my 9th grade daughter this January. The program, because it is considered state school, requires standardized testing, so we'll do that for two days the week of April 18th.

When we homeschooled before, I didn't worry about testing. The state of Oklahoma does not require it and I don't feel it's a very good measure of what the children know. In my opinion, for many children, it just shows how well they follow directions and take a test. But I was very....relaxed...about homeschooling back then. That said, even if it's not a perfect measure of what the kids know, at least it's a starting point for homeschool parents to decide what to do next. Keeping in mind it has it flaws, I also think it can be one useful tool out of many.

We choose K12 for this go around for many reasons - the major one being that my daughter may well decide to go back to public school before her high school years are over and I want her credits to transfer easily, so we'll do whatever they require.

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3/25/11 9:09 A

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I had been doing them because of the state requirement. I had been considering switching to the individual evaluator options because of the learning differences my children have. Personally, I don't care much for standardized test as it causes me anxiety (2 years of "failing" test and they insist on removing the children from homeschooling to public schools... as if that would improve measures since they don't offer assistance for dyslexia in most public schools!). There is little I can do to accommodate my children as it is supposed to test their abilities. The idea of having my children removed from my homeschool for the same reason I removed them from public school absolutely makes me bite my nails with anxiety....I mean my entire reason for homeschooling was to be able to work with them on their level and at their pace. Having an arbitrary testing standard for them to achieve removes me from that guideline.

But since I just found a program THIS year and God only graced us with starting to afford it this spring, I feel as tho I am behind the power curve this year and it is a shame for my children. With any luck the work we were doing prior to this has helped them. My oldest "failed" a portion last year so I am very very anxious.

IF they were not a requirement for the state I might view them as a way for me to see how well my children are moving along with "average" individuals and to know if we were finaly getting over the difference.

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3/23/11 8:10 P

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Yes, we do the standardized testing. It's one of two options to be eligible to homeschool in Ohio. (The other is to pay a certified teacher to check a portfolio of your student's work.) My children/ teens don't mind the testing; they know they won't have other assignments due on the days we test, so it makes for a lighter load on testing days. Also, it gives them some testing practice for when they take their college entrance exams.



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3/22/11 11:18 A

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I did it the first few years I homeschooled, just to reassure the grandparents that they were doing well! Since they told me nothing I didn't already know, I haven't done them since.

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One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God IN CHRIST JESUS.
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3/22/11 9:26 A

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It's not required in the state of Iowa unless that's the legal option we chose (we chose the Supervising Teacher option so that I would have someone to go to if we needed help since this was our first year) Next year we're already signed up for the local HSAP and can get testing thru that if we choose to, but still, it would be optional.

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3/22/11 8:37 A

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No testing here - But actually, I wish I had a way to do that kind of testing for my kids just to give them a gage of where they are at.

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3/22/11 7:47 A

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We are required to do testing at the end of 3rd, 6th, 9th and 11th grade, so this year neither of my my kids need to! :) My daughter is in "5th" and my son is in "1st". We've only done testing once (2 years ago) and man was I nervous! My daughter did awesome, though and tested at 92% overall. I'm kinda glad it's required here because it made me see that we're doing okay!! Lol

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But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.


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3/22/11 6:00 A

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It's that time of the year again! Standardized Test Time...do you do them? Or are they required in your state? Maybe, you just use them as a guideline. What are your thoughts on these tests and which ones do you use?
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