Should you test your child? Some states require test results as part of your child's
homeschool portfolio. It's supposed to provide a measurement of how much your child is
learning compared to other children of the same age and grade level across the
children take the California Achievement Test provided by Christian Liberty Academy (CLASS)
every year. We request the test packets at the end of each
grade level. It helps to see our children's areas of strengths and
We are able to detemine the subject areas on which we
need to devote more time working with our kids. The test results are also used to develop the next grade level's
In our home, achievement test results are not the main goal why we
homeschool. It is not the rule! It is simply one of the many tools we use to guide us in educating our
children. We do not spend months gearing up or taking sample tests so that we can pass the CAT
test. We work daily on the actual curriculum designed for our children - from cover to cover -
until finished! This provides mastery of the subject and reduces learning
In many public schools these days, there is so much emphasis on test results that majority of
the school year is spent on practice tests instead of learning the actual school curriculum. There is a reason for
this: if the students do not perform well during the standardized testing, it is a bad reflection on the school and
its teachers. And schools that do not fare well often lose funding. There are financial incentives for pushing
higher test scores. Read this article about teacher's pay tied to tests scores.
If you decide to test your child, relax. Test-taking is NOT the only skill
that your child needs to survive on their own later in life. It is just a tool! Here
are resources that will assist you in learning about the many types of standardized tests, preparation,
assessments, and where to get them.
Bob Jones University Press - We provide home educators an opportunity to test their students with a
variety of reliable and nationally recognized tests. Our testing services are fully authorized and
approved by the test publishers to offer academic and learning abilities tests. We also offer a
variety of other resources to enhance your students' educational experience.
Christian Liberty Academy - To help you in the critical task of selecting appropriate materials for
your child, Christian Liberty Academy has developed several specialized services for
homeschoolers. We can test your child, provide a customized curriculum recommendation that is
suited for your child’s skill level, and critique your child’s writing ability. It is our desire
to assist you in any way we can as you train your child in the way he should
Diagnostic Prescriptive Services
- Learning styles assessments, vocabulary curriculum, homeschool
testing, solutions to learning problems and ADHD, Person Optimized Curriculum, etc.
Family Learning Organization offers homeschooling advice, support and standardized
achievement testing for home-based education. Provides encouragement through networking and legislation
and curriculum information.
Hewitt Educational Resources - The PASS Test was developed specifically for
home schoolers. It has certain similarities to other achievement tests in that it estimates student
achievement in the subjects of reading, language, and math.
Home Education & Family Services
- We offer a number of nationally normed and well-recognized individual
standardized achievement tests as the end-of-year assessment option. The fee is based on the average
time for administration, scoring, and analysis. In Maine and other states, the achievement test can be
used as the end-of-year assessment.
Homeschool Test Service - a service of Rainier
Christian Schools and Rainier Christian High School, provides the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT)
to homeschoolers in Washington state.
John Hopkin's University SCAT and STEP - offer
students in grades 2-12 ability testing using the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) and
achievement testing using the Sequential Tests of Educational Progress (STEP).
KidTest.com - Students who are schooled at home as
well as their families will find a wealth of valuable products and services within the
Kidtest.comSM system. In many ways, the services and products we have
developed closely match home schoolers' specific needs. We are happy to be able to serve this
important and growing community.
Seton Home Study School - is an accredited Catholic home schooling apostolate
under the Roman Catholic bishop of Arlington, Virginia. We provide curricula, materials, grading,
counseling, record-keeping, online testing, standardized testing, and other services, including
personalized online assignment management.
Summit Christian Academy - DIAGNOSTIC PLACEMENT TESTING. Summit Christian Academy has been a distributor of
Alpha Omega LIFEPACS since our inception because of the quality of the curriculum and in large part
because of their excellent Diagnostic Placement Test. As a result of diagnostic testing, we are able to
"tailor make" an academic program that meets each individual student’s needs. The cost for the two-part
testing is $35 and it includes postage and handling but can also be purchased through our new online
Sycamore Tree - The Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills is provided to all enrolled students at
no additional cost. It will be evaluated by a professional scoring service or trained school staff.
Performance results are mailed to parents and a copy will become part of your child's permanent record.
We do not require children under the age of 8 to be tested, but offer it at the request of the
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