View Full Version : Weekly Poll: If your state requires end of the year testing, which test do you use?
04-27-2011, 10:13 AM
This is a question that my first year of homeschooling I was in total panic about! What test to use? Could I test my boys or pay to have someone else do it? Which test would be the best for my visual learner? (who doesn't test well) Should I do different tests for my boys even though they learn and test differently?
I was very overwhelmed about testing them, I think that I was more nervous than they were when it came time to test them. After all, I thought that it was not only a measure of what they knew but how good I had done that year! Which test did we choose? Well since my oldest is very much NOT a test taker, we chose the Woodcock Johnson test. It gave me relief that someone else would see how we did for the year and it was something that I really really didn't want to do! Our first year results were mixed and I have to admit that I cried a little when my oldest didn't test better than he had in school! However my youngest tested two years above in both math and English .BUT since then and many talks later with long time homeschoolers I realized that it wasn't what the test said but it was how we all felt about our homeschool education/experiences.
So that's what test I use, how about you? (that is if you are one of the states that requires it;)
We used the CAT and tested dd myself. Dh will be testing her this year.
Journey of Life mama
04-27-2011, 03:22 PM
We used the CAT. I don't really believe in the TEST, but our state requires it. Their standards are not my standards. I give it only because I have to. It was a joke, the fifth grade test had 2 questions about fractions and most all of the math was so far below what we were doing and what I feel most "average" kids that age should be doing. Seriously, the math was mostly addition and subtraction with a few double digit multiplication problems. In my opinion, the test doesn't really tell me about what my child can do, my interaction with her and the way we are always learning and applying and expanding are what tells us as her parents where we need to put more emphasis. All that said, we checked the test before sending it in, there were only 4 wrong--I do not by any means think she is a genius, I do however think that these tests are not any indication of our children's abilities. She is bright and like a lot of children, even children with learning abilities and differences, I feel she is capable of more than what our public schools teach. We need to encourage and push to explore and build curiosity within each of them--not so they can DO WELL on the test, but so they can grow into inquiring adults who actually are interested in learning and find it enjoyable. So much of the ps year is dedicated to teaching the test--where is the joy in that? Sorry for my rant, but I feel like the people who criticize us for homeschooling and want to know how our kids do on the TEST don't have any clue about why we homeschool or how important it is to most of us that they develop a love for learning and a drive to want to learn along with figuring out how they learn best--not how someone else tells them to!
05-04-2011, 06:51 PM
My state does not require testing, but I decided to test Zack in case we are ever challenged. We used the PASS test and I could not be happier with it. Since this was our first year testing, I chose for him to be compared to other third-graders and they sent a placement test along with the test booklets and answer sheet. With the results of the placement test, Zack took a high-level reading and English test and a lower-level math test. I've mailed the answer sheet for official scoring, but I scored the tests myself unofficially and I'm pleased with the results. He scored about where I expected him to and we also identified some knowledge gaps we need to work on.
05-04-2011, 09:41 PM
We will start using the CAT next year as a pre-test.
05-10-2011, 02:38 PM
We use the MAP test. I don't think it's all that great of a test, but it's what we started with so we've keep going with it.
05-11-2011, 03:28 PM
We used the PIAT-R this year and will probably continue to use it. The results weren't specific enough to really be useful but, they did help reassure family.
05-17-2011, 09:31 AM
We do the Terra Nova CTBS tests. We are not required to have annual assessments but sonny asked to take it because he wants to know how he is doing in comparison to his peers (he's blowing them out of the water!). Our school gives the same test and loves to have homeschoolers take it (for a fee) because they include the hs scores in with their own thereby raising their overall scores. So, I pay $50 to administer it myself at home thru Homeschoolsupercenter.com
05-17-2011, 01:12 PM
I plan on doing the CAT based on state requirements. I actually just emailed the DOE to have them clarify what I'm reading as the state law. We can do a portfolio or assessment test but they say the assessment test has to be approved. When I go to the few sites dedicated to Maine HS'ers I see how they slightly change the wording to make it sound like they are the only ones who can do the testing and of course they charge double the price plus extra fees if you don't schedule by May 1. I asked the DOE if I could do testing at home as it wasn't exactly clear. I also pointed out I felt the few groups who do the testing make it sound like they are the only ones allowed - which I doubt is true. The appear to be Super Christian's which makes me go a bit nutty. I don't need a sermon I need an assessment test!
It would be so helpful if the state removed all the old documents/rules/laws from their website since the laws changed in 2003! It would end the confusion.
05-17-2011, 07:40 PM
We have yearly testing requirements here, and we've opted to go with individual assessments.
05-17-2011, 08:15 PM
We're not required but I plan to administer the CAT.
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