View Poll Results: What are your assessment requirements, if any?

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  • Portfolio review

    5 10.64%
  • Standardized test

    9 19.15%
  • Neither/ none

    25 53.19%
  • More than one of the above/ other

    8 17.02%
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    Default What are your yearly assessment requirements, if any?

    Do you do standardized tests, annual portfolio reviews, does your state have no requirements, or is it something different?
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    We have three options:

    1. Standardized test
    2. Progress report and work samples
    3. Assessment by a third party that both parents and school district agree upon

    We opt for #2. I type up a one-page summary, organized by academic subject, for each kid and attach a (very long) list of the books we used. I've never bothered with the work samples and haven't been asked for them. There's a new asst. superintendent in charge of homeschooling this year, so we'll see how much of a stickler she'll be about it.
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 10 and son age 11.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AddlepatedMonkeyMama View Post
    We have three options:

    1. Standardized test
    2. Progress report and work samples
    3. Assessment by a third party that both parents and school district agree upon

    We opt for #2. I type up a one-page summary, organized by academic subject, for each kid and attach a (very long) list of the books we used. I've never bothered with the work samples and haven't been asked for them. There's a new asst. superintendent in charge of homeschooling this year, so we'll see how much of a stickler she'll be about it.
    I wish that we had option 2. I really like that. I always include something in our portfolio reviews that is similar...mostly because we "unschool" (i hate using that because it isn't the right word) most of our subjects and I honestly don't keep the best logs for those. If I stuck with just the "log of educational activities" it would look like they did math and language arts only...so I write up a summary of all of the activities we do in other subjects and only provide a log for the book-work. Haven't been asked to provide more in 4 years. My reviewer insists on a sample from the beginning and end but even with those I only give her the book-work.
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    I voted none, because that's how it is in practical terms. In reality, the not-a-state requires us to keep a "portfolio of materials" which they can call on us to review up to three times a year (I think it's three). They have no budget. No one has ever been reviewed to my knowledge.
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    We have to administer a nationally normed achievement test annually starting in first grade, but there is no minimum score and generally no one is required to submit results. I believe there are six employees at the DNPE, which covers all private schools (~96,000 kids) and homeschools (50,000 homes; they don't track the exact number of kids) in a hundred counties.
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    Maine requires either a standardized test or portfolio review by any certified teacher. We go the portfolio route; I keep mine kind of like a scrapbook. I find the group portfolio review fun, since we get to see what other people use and how they set up their days. Apparently homeschooling has become so big here that we now have an official person on the state level who deals with it. I'm hoping that doesn't mean more regulation; the governor is pretty hard core against public education though, so I kind of doubt it.
    Mama to one son (12)

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    We can do the portfolio review, standardized testing or participate in the Homeschool Assistance Program through the school district. We chose the third option so I write a brief report describing how we covered each subject and meet for thirty minutes with the HSAP teacher. I have found it to be a fairly pleasant experience so far.
    Julie,
    Former Homeschooler to two daughters, age 20 and in college and age 12 back in ps.

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    Nothing. At all. Not even notification.

    I don't NJ has a person "in charge" of homeschooling. It's allowed as part of the regular schooling requirements under a provision that allows for "equivalent instruction".
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    In grades 1-3 we can send in a narrative (usually the parents can write it themselves). In grades 4-8 we have to give a standardized test at least every other year. In grades 9-12 we have to give a standardized test every year. The student must score at the 33% or above or show a years worth of growth. We do the CAT.
    Homeschooling DS16, DS12, and DS11

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