Assessment/Testing

 

Index:

Assessment Resources

Math Assessment:

Saxon 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.

Texas TAKS test. Take the tests in order, starting with earliest grade level, and continue as far as your child is able.

Placement tests from Calvert.

If these tests are unavailable, you will have to pay for math assessment testing. Resources: Sycamore Tree (CTBS) and BJU (Stanford and Iowa Basic Skills).

Reading Assessments:

National Right to Read Competency Test.

Schonell Test.

Sonlight Reading Assessment.

Dolch sight word assessment.

Learning Style Assessment:

Administer learning-styles assessment to both you and your child.

General Assessments:

Texas 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.

Free, printable PreK/K assessment forms.

Rubrics - Help in grading day to day work for those who want to issue grades:

Sample Rubrics from Kathy Schrock

Rubric Maker from Recipes 4 Success

If you think testing is hard today, check out the final exam for an 8th grade education in 1895.

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Testing Requirements: None for Oklahoma.

This 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 review, portfolders, or testing.

Give 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.

Keep 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.

Be 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.

Types of tests:

  • Norm referenced standardized tests (Stanford Achievement, Iowa Basic Skills): identify learning problems and gaps in basic knowledge.

  • Criterion-referenced 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 materials.

  • PSAT/SAT/ACT - needed for college and financial aid. See College Admissions Test-Preparation resources below for info.

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Oklahoma State Standards

Oklahoma's High School Graduation Requirements for students in public school.

Oklahoma's Department of Education Links: http://www.sde.state.ok.us/Curriculum/PASS/default.html

Don't 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.

How to Prepare for Your State Standards: 5th Grade and 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.)

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Achievement Testing Resources

California Achievement Test. Available from Thurbers.net. (http://thurbers.net/teatests.html) or Bayside School Services (http://www.baysideschoolservices.com/). Complete battery for K-12th grade. No special qualifications needed to order the tests.

Christian 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.

Personalized 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.

Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Available through Triangle Assessments or Bob Jones University Press. Test Administrator must fulfill certain qualifications. See website for more details.

Metropolitan Achievement Test. Available from Family Learning Org. (http://www.familylearning.org/testing.html). Family Learning Organization. P.O. Box 7247. Spokane, WA 99207-0247. 800-405-TEST or 509-467-2552. NORM DATE: 1992

Seton 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

Stanford Achievement Test. Available through Triangle Assessments or Bob Jones University Press. Test Administrator must fulfill certain qualifications. See website for more details.

Summit Christian Academy. Email: info@SCAHomeschool.com. 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

Terra Nova (replacing the CAT). Available through Triangle Assessments.

Test 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 information above.
Subjects coveredt: math, language arts, science, and social studies. NORM DATE: 1995 *Must provide proof of homeschooling. Form available on their website.

Local Resources for Academic Testing: Cornerstone Tutorial Center, 948 S. 91st East Avenue, Tulsa, OK. Offers Iowa Skills in May. For more information, contact ctcfinancial@cox.net.

Standardized Test Practice for 3rd Grade and others in the series by Teacher Created Materials.

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College Admissions Test-Preparation Resources

Test out of college courses and save time and money!

My blog has some information on CLEP Testing that might be helpful.

Taking the PSAT gives your child a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs. This test MUST be taken at the right time for your child to be considered. Check College Board for more information.

Colleges use your child's score from the ACT and/or the SAT as one criteria for admission. Most colleges in Oklahoma require ACT scores. Other colleges accept either the ACT or the SAT or the SAT only. Check college catalogs to see which test is required.

ACT Test Prep.

SAT Test Prep:

30 minute IQ test.

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