Sunday, April 8, 2012

Homeschool testing

Depending on what state you live in, sometimes it is a requirement to do yearly testing. Here in NC after a child turns 7 your children must have standardized testing done. There are several types of tests that can be done for North Carolina standardized tests but the one that we have been doing since we started homeschooling is the Woodcock-Johnson III.

The Woodcock-Johnson tests the following-reading, oral language, math, written language, and overall academic knowledge. It is often used with children with special needs as the testing is one on one. This eliminates a lot of distractions that come with a group of children which can affect the accuracy of the test. When you have a child that is easily distracted, being able to concentrate is a must! Most of it is also oral which is also very necessary when your child struggles with reading.
I know some do not like to do testing but for me it is encouraging to see your child's progress and it also is very important in determining what your child needs to work on the next year. I'm not sure if it is like this in all cases but our particular tester, (we use the same one yearly) has excellent feedback for me after the testing on what types of curriculum would work best for each of my children. It also helps that she has homeschooled, and graduated her own three children. What type of testing do those of you that homeschool use?

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