View Full Version : Homeschool Resources for determining Ability?

04-20-2014, 09:26 PM
I am wondering what resources exist to determine what level my child is currently at? He is in 7th grade at school, but we are going to start homeschooling him and I need to determine where he is educationally and ability wise. Any advise or links are welcome.

Jen V
04-20-2014, 10:03 PM
I'm at the same point with my 11 y/o. She is going to finish PS 5th grade and be HS for middle school and maybe beyond. I'm looking at a lot of curricula and have noticed that a lot most of them have placement tests to determine where to start your child. Math U See (http://www.mathusee.com/parents/getting-started/placement/) comes to mind. My daughter is a visual learner so we'll be trying their math program. They recommend taking the placement tests to see where your child falls in regards to their curriculum. It's actually very helpful as each child learns differently and at a different pace.

I would definitely check out some of the placement tests even if you aren't considering the actual curriculum some of these companies are selling - it might be a good place to start. I hope that helps - I'm really just at the beginning stages of research myself. So glad I have a few months to sort it!

Good luck, and if I come across any useful information I'll be sure to post.

04-20-2014, 10:17 PM
Most math programs have a placement test. There are free reading assessments online if you need one. The Phonics Page (http://www.thephonicspage.org/On%20Reading/readinggradeleve.html) has several (it's a Christian site, but the phonics information is all secular).

Beyond reading and math, once a child is in 7th grade, most things are just about moving forward with content. I wouldn't worry too much about placement beyond math, honestly, though you can also do standardized testing like the ITBS if you need to put your mind at ease.

04-21-2014, 06:22 AM
When we took our boys out of PS, we had them have an official assessment done. We used the Woodcock Johnson Assessment (http://www.riverpub.com/products/wjIIIComplete/). It has to be administered by someone trained to give it. Doing a search for the test name and your town usually turns up someone who can do it. We found it very helpful in determining where our kids where. It even highlighted a learning disability in our 6th grader that we didn't realize was there.