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  • Our state/country requires homeschoolers to be tested regularly, and we happily comply.

    9 26.47%
  • Our state/country requires homeschoolers to be tested regularly, but we choose not to comply.

    1 2.94%
  • Our state/country doesn't require homeschoolers to take standardized tests, but we take them anyway.

    5 14.71%
  • Our state/country doesn't require homeschoolers to take standardized tests, so we don't.

    11 32.35%
  • Other

    8 23.53%
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    Default Weekly Poll: What are your experiences with standardized testing?

    I just received my oldest son's standardized test in the mail, which our state requires be administered annually, and it got me to thinking. How do other homeschoolers - - especially secular homeschoolers - -approach the testing issue, if at all. So let's discuss it!

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    Maryland doesn't require you to take standardized tests, but my daughter isn't old enough for me to worry about it anyway. As of right now I think I'd probably have her take it, but I'm not sure how I'll feel when she's old enough.
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    In Florida homeschoolers don't have to take the FCAT but they have to submit a portfolio for annual evaluation or an evaluation by a child psychologist unless they register through an umbrella school. Then they technically become private school students instead of "homeschoolers" (as per the Florida definition of "homeschoolers") and private schools do not have to administer the FCAT. I chose to register through an umbrella school to avoid both the evaluation and the FCAT so if Noah wanted to participate in any school sports or music classes, he would NOT be eligible. I might change to the full homeschooler status when he enters 6th grade so he can access those resources at the middle school that is just down the street from my house.

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    Virginia requires homeschoolers to take standardized tests each year once they are 6 years old and up. I know that a lot of peple don't like that we HAVE to take the tests, but I really don't care. I know what my son knows or doesn't know. i am confident that he can read and do 1st grade math. I am going to look at this test as a test of ME--am I dong my job? I know I am, so...so what? Personally, I think this is a waste of time. Unfortunately, I am sure that there are some HS people out there who don't do the minimum requirements.
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    I'm with a charter school in CA, so James will be taking the state testing, same as any other public school student (except he'll be testing in a church, so maybe there's hope for divine intervention ). I'm not worried about the material, but I do think there's a good chance of panic, unusual environment, strange format, anxiety prone child. But, hopefully, the material will be so easy (which I suspect it will), it will give him more confidence for these kinds of situations in the future. If only they had a play time after . . .

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    Testing is only one of the options here in IA for evaluation and we choose a different route, so it won't be required for us. They start offering testing in third grade here and none of my children have been old enough to take the tests yet, but my oldest will be old enough next year. I am honestly curious how my children would do on the tests, but I also know it's not really important. Next year I will give my oldest the choice to take them or not.

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    Just realized I left a really important option out of the poll. Should have included:
    "Our state/country requires homeschoolers to be tested regularly, and we RELUCTANTLY comply."
    Dang! Now I've got to check "Other"!

    NC requires annual testing and I hate it. It makes us miserable around here during testing week. And because the test has to be sent off for scoring, it makes my son anxious about knowing how he did. Blech!!
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    Here in Texas, we are not required to participate in the standardized testing and since it was the MAIN reason that we decided to homeschool, we don't. My son spent all of his 2nd & 3rd grade years getting ready for a 60 question test that he passed 100% and learned practically nothing else in the process! Not that I'm bitter or anything
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    Oregon requires testing at the end of 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th grades. However, you only send in the results if the school district asks you to. If a child has any kind of LD, you can write up a PDP (personalized development play - basically the same thing as an IEP in the public schools) and skip all of the testing.

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    Lexi, I hate to disagree, but Virginia absolutely does NOT require testing. Virginia requires proof of progress. That can be a nationally normed test, OR a report by a teacher certified in any state, stating that the child has made adequate progress. Some districts will also accept portfolios, but they are not required to.

    I know that most people go for the testing option. Some school districts allow home schoolers to take tests at the school, but most parents, as far as i can tell, use the CAT test through Seton testing - which i hear is a version from the 70s?

    I got a notice that my 8th grader was being offerred the chance to take the stanford 10 through our school district, and I seriously considered it - he always did well on testing, and it would be interesting to see. But many people on my local lists discouraged me from it - after all, its a half hour drive or more, and on their schedule - much easier to do the CAT at home - and its only $25, and YOU get the results, not the school - so if there is a problem, you can retake the test, or find an evaluator.

    But yes, i plan to order the tests . . . um . . soon. Was planning on doing that this month!

    and back to the idea behind the poll - i used to like standardized testing because my kids do so well on them . . . but i'm starting to really understand the concept that a breadth of topics, a love of learning, and the ability to question is a loftier goal than testing well.
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