Homeschool parents know (if they have more than one student) that they often have more than one type of learner. Group testing (although a wonderful option for some students) is absolutely the worse possible option for others. On this page explore the options of Individual Testing. It is more personal and less time consuming than group testing. Because of the individual nature of the testing/evaluation it is, of necessity, also more expensive. When you have come to a final decision regarding the testing or evaluation you desire please download the Registration Form and mail it (with a deposit) to the address indicated on the form.
Many times I am asked about tests and testing. Here are some helpful pieces of information that should answer most of those questions. Since most of my testing clientele is done in VA, this information is written particularly with them in mind. Check your state homeschool laws to be sure about the requirements where you live.
The VA law says that registered homeschoolers must be tested or assessed for progress for that school year. Your child may be tested in a group, tested privately using a standardized test, or your child may be evaluated. Testing may be done any time in the spring or summer as long as the results are turned in to the appropriate school system by Aug. 1 each year. Be sure to allow enough time for the tests to be ordered, administered, and the results to be returned to you and then to the school system (at least 8 weeks). The type of test is to be determined by the parent, not the public schools.
If you do not live in Virginia, you can find the homeschool laws for your state at HSLDA.
Individual Tests Offered:
Wide Range Achievement Test – (WRAT)
The WRAT may be administered as a group test but is best as an individual test. It is untimed except for the math portion. It is very short but very accurate so it is best for “average” and above students to use this test, not those who may have learning disabilities. This is not a multiple choice test. Subtests in the WRAT are: Word Reading, Spelling, Sentence Reading and Math Computation.
Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement – (WJ3)
The Woodcock-Johnson must be administered as an individual test. It is used widely in school systems to determine eligibility for learning disabilities as well as for gifted programs. The test must be administered by someone who owns the test – it is not a test that a parent can rent and administer. There are 20+ subtests that the proctor can choose from. They can combine these various subtests to meet most special testing needs. This test provides flexibility. There are oral sections, written sections, timed and untimed sections. It is not a multiple choice test. The WJ3 can be used for ages 4 through adult.
Academic Achievement Battery – (AAB)
The AAB is a very new assessment similar to and correlated with the WJ and WRAT. It measures basic academic skills in Language Arts and Mathematics. There are 15 subtests that the proctor may choose from. One of the reading portions is multiple-choice but the rest of the subtests are not. Like the WJ, the AAB provides flexibility and has norms for ages 4 through adult. The AAB is an individual test and must be administered by someone who owns it.
Two non-standardized assessment options that are available are an evaluation and a portfolio evaluation. An evaluation is the most child friendly assessment and is very good for young children who are not good readers. It is especially recommended for children up through Second Grade, but older children may also be evaluated.
Each evaluator has his or her own way of doing an evaluation. My evaluations are based on the Va. Standards of Learning (SOL’s).This gives me a checklist so that I am consistent from student to student and it is a checklist that the school system will not question.
I meet with the parent for a few minutes and then meet with the child. The child is asked questions based on the SOL’s for English and Math only. Then I meet with the parent again to let them know orally what the results will be. (The written evaluation will be sent to the parent at a later date.)
The portfolio evaluation is a compilation of work samples and accomplishments of the child for the school year. The portfolio may be left with (or mailed to) the evaluator to assess. The child does not have to be interviewed. The parent will receive a written assessment of the portfolio when they pick up the portfolio or it can be mailed back to them. If this is the way you want your child to be evaluated, please be working on the portfolio NOW. This type of assessment takes a lot of effort on the part of the parent. Also, please call to find out what I expect to see in it.
**Parents, please be sure that YOU send a copy of test results to the appropriate school system by your state’s deadline. I do not send your results to any school system. This is your responsibility.**
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