As a homeschool parent, you obviously have the inside scoop on how well your child is advancing through your curriculum. You can see in which areas he is strong and in which areas he needs some extra time or help. However, some parents still find it reassuring to administer some kind of standardized testing in their homeschools. And in some states, it is a requirement that homeschooled students have a periodic standardized assessment of their progress. In this week’s Blog Cruise, we are curious about your take on this subject. So we’re asking the question:
Do you administer standardized testing in your homeschool? Why or why not?
At Homeschool in Nova Scotia, Kimberly asks the question, ” Is standarized testing necessary?“
Jane emphatically believes that, “Knowledge is Power” when she answers this question at Mozi Esmé.
April discusses the “Standardized Testing Requirement” at Eclectic Montage.
Amy, at Amy’s Blog poses a question herself– “Testing is (ridiculous? valuable? worthless? important?) for Homeschoolers”.
At Ozark Ramblings, Beth shares some past experiences that helped form her opinion in “You Can Keep Your #2 Pencil”.
In “Peppermints Needed”, Nicole shares her reasons for not testing at Journey to Excellence.
Briana, at I Can’t Decide, offers up her own words of wisdom in “Testing, Yes or No“.
In “Testing 1 … 2 … 3 …” Brandy shares her reasons she chooses to test her students at Kingdom Academy.
Heather sets us to show us that every child is different in “To Test or Not To Test: That is the Question” at her blog, The Blessings Pour Out.
At Footprints in the Butter, Debra shares her thoughts on using standardized testing as one option to meet her state’s requirements, in “Yes, we test”.
Terri, at Accidentally Homeschooling, has mixed feelings about testing. She shares her reasons in “Achievement Testing for Homeschooling? Ten Things“.
Christina, at Blue Skies Academy, shares her opinions in “Out of Level Testing”.
While forgoing testing in the younger grades, Jesse, at Orange Marmalade Mama, shares why she finds it a useful tool in the older grades, in “Testing 1 … 2 … 3 …”.
Blossom, at North Laurel Home and School, weighs in with “Testing . . . or Portfolio? This Year It’s Testing“.
Finally, at Ben and Me, I discuss “10 Reasons We Choose Not to Subject Ourselves to Torture“.