math placement test (Click on the “Homeschool
Math” tab - then “Placement Tests” under
Related Resources). Start with the easiest test and work
up as far as your child is able.
TAKS test. Take the tests in order, starting with
earliest grade level, and continue as far as your child
tests from Calvert.
these tests are unavailable, you will have to pay for
math assessment testing. Resources: Sycamore
Tree (CTBS) and BJU
(Stanford and Iowa Basic Skills).
Right to Read Competency Test.
sight word assessment.
both you and your child.
Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and the Reading
Proficiency Tests (RPTE) Free and updated every
year - no grading - use for your own use only.
Use The Checklist to
determine if there any holes
in your child's basic skill development.
printable PreK/K assessment forms.
- Help in grading day to day work for those who want
to issue grades:
Rubrics from Kathy Schrock
Maker from Recipes 4 Success
you think testing is hard today, check out the final exam
for an 8th grade education in 1895.
is good news since the most accurate way to determine if a
child is learning is to watch his daily progress. This is
easy for homeschool parents, especially during the early years.
Evaluation for all years can be done through verbal discussions,
written assignments, hands-on projects, portfolio
your children practice in test-taking even though it is not
required. Tests are part of our culture. Children can
learn to improve their test scores. Use some of the testing
resources below to practice test taking.
testing in perspective. Test results can be helpful, but
not always accurate. Low score can mean the child had a bad
test day, the subject matter was never covered, or the child
has not mastered that subject.
careful in interpreting test scores, especially grade equivalent
scores. The first number is the grade level, the second
number is the month of the school year. 8.4 means the child
is performing at a level equivalent to that of an average
8th grader in the fourth month of school. A score of 13.4
in math does not mean that the eighth grader can do the equivalent
of a college freshman! The eighth grader has never taken college
level math (trigonometry, calculus) and the eighth grade test
does not cover those subjects. It only means that the student
does eighth grade math extremely well.
referenced standardized tests (Stanford Achievement, Iowa
Basic Skills): identify learning problems and gaps in
standardized tests: evaluate the effectiveness of school
instruction programs. These tests are designed for public
schools. Criterion-referenced tests can be a problem for
Christian homeschoolers as they include questions the
deal with evolution as fact as well as other objectionable
- needed for college and financial aid. See College
Admissions Test-Preparation resources below for info.
School Graduation Requirements for students in
Department of Education Links: http://www.sde.state.ok.us/Curriculum/PASS/default.html
be confused by the standards above. They do
not necessarily apply to homeschoolers,
especially in Oklahoma. However, it is good to be
aware of them and to use the resources below to prepare
your children as appropriate.
to Prepare for Your State Standards: 5th Grade
others in the series
by Robert Berger.
These test prep booklets
are helpful for preparing
students for testing on the State Standards. (Oklahoma
homeschooled students are not required to take these tests.)
Achievement Test. Available from Thurbers.net.
or Bayside School Services (http://www.baysideschoolservices.com/).
Complete battery for K-12th grade. No special qualifications
needed to order the tests.
Liberty Academy. 502
W. Euclid Avenue. Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Phone:
847-259-4444. Available for 2nd-12th grade. No special
qualifications needed to order the test. Easier than
some other tests. Percentage scores may show higher when
compared with other tests. Subjects: Reading: vocabulary
and comprehension; Mathematics: computations, concepts
and problems; Language: mechanics, usage, structure,
and spelling. NORM DATE: 1970s.
Assessment Summary System (PASS).
Hewitt Research Foundation. www.hewitthomeschooling.com
Hewitt Research Foundation offers a special standardized
test that is accepted in some areas. The test fee pays
for a placement test to determine which test level is
needed, the actual PASS exam, scoring, and a detailed
analysis, and suggestions for dealing with areas of difficulty.
Available only for 3rd-8th grade. No special qualifications
are required to order or administer this exam. Call Hewitt
at 800-890-4097, 360-835-8708 for more information or
to place an order, or order online. Fax: 360-835-8397.
Test of Basic Skills. Available through Triangle
Assessments or Bob
Jones University Press.
Test Administrator must fulfill certain qualifications.
See website for more details.
Achievement Test. Available from Family Learning
Family Learning Organization. P.O. Box 7247. Spokane,
WA 99207-0247. 800-405-TEST or 509-467-2552. NORM DATE:
Home Study School, 1350 Progress Drive, Front
Royal, VA 22630, 540-636-9990. Available for K-12th grade.
No special qualifications needed to order the tests. Call
to order by phone. NORM DATE: 1988
Achievement Test. Available through Triangle
Assessments or Bob
Jones University Press. Test Administrator must fulfill
certain qualifications. See website for more details.
P.O. Box 2769, Cedar Hill, TX 75106. 800-362-9180. Complete
battery for grades 3-12. No special qualifications required
to order test. Tests in March on Iowa Basic, so orders
must by in by February 28, 2005. NORM DATE: 1995
Nova (replacing the CAT).
of Achievement and Proficiency (TAP).
This is the high school version of the Iowa Test of Basic
Skills. Bob Jones University Press http://www.bjup.com
Greenville, SC 29614 800-845-5731. QUALIFICATIONS: See
Subjects coveredt: math, language arts, science, and social
studies. NORM DATE: 1995 *Must provide proof of homeschooling.
Form available on their website.
Resources for Academic Testing: Cornerstone Tutorial Center, 948 S. 91st East Avenue, Tulsa, OK. Offers Iowa Skills in May. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Test Practice for 3rd Grade and
others in the series by Teacher Created Materials.