North Carolina Homeschool laws require that home educated students be tested with a nationally normed achievement test each year. Since the beautiful spring-like weather recently reminded me that end of the year is coming up pretty quickly, I thought we would begin to post testing information for different areas of our state.
I have found that yearly testing usually verifies what I have observed all year-long in my kids. Testing can have value to new home educators, as it can validate a homeschool program to doubting family members and in their own minds. Sometimes a test may reflect a learning deficit that needs to be addressed. We have to keep in mind though, that some kids will be better at “test taking” than others, so your observations (anecdotal records) and a student’s grades for other types of assignments need to be taken into account and in most cases, should be (in my opinion) given a heavier weight in determining your homeschool grades.
For high schoolers, taking the PSAT or the ACT Exam can get them scholarship dollars, and the ACT meets NC’s criteria for year-end testing for homeschoolers, so it is a great choice.
My kids enjoy group testing at the end of the year, but for some students, individualized testing is going to be less stressful and thus, a more accurate indicator of what they know and are capable of learning.
In Clemmons, veteran homeschooling parent, Maria Elliott, M.S. is accepting appointments for 2013-2014 academic year testing- the Woodcock Johnson III NU (Normative Update) is available. The basic test takes approximately one hour and meets the requirements for the North Carolina Department of Nonpublic Education.
The Reading sub-tests include: Letter-Word Identification, Passage Comprehension, Reading Fluency, and Spelling. The Mathematics sub-tests include: Applied Problems, Calculation, and Math Fluency.
The charge is $55.00 for this test. The optional written test includes the sub-tests: Writing Samples and Writing Fluency. This portion takes an additional thirty minutes and costs $15.00.
In addition to testing, free consultation is available to discuss concerns and give feedback concerning learning challenges.
Ms. Elliott has eleven years of experience as a private Reading Specialist in Forsyth County and is also employed at Sloan Academics.
Call 336-778- 2006 for more information and to make an appointment.
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