It’s the time of year when many homeschoolers are evaluating their assessment options. One way some homeschoolers assess their student’s progress is standardized testing.
However, not all standardized testing options are equal. Some are online, some require a licensed teacher, and some companies have even more specific requirements. Today we are going to take a look at some of the standardized testing companies homeschoolers can choose.
This company has been providing testing options for homeschoolers for decades. They offer many different testing options for homeschoolers and as well as serving individual homeschool families they also serve Christian schools and large homeschool groups. To test through BJU you must apply to be approved as a tester. You can find more information about their many options and the tester requirements on their website.
This is the company that I (Misty) have used since I began homeschooling. They offer many different testing options. We have used the CAT (California Achievement Test) test previously, and this year plan on using the Terra Nova. You can look at the different testing options on their site and they even have a comparison chart.
In addition to offering many different testing options, FLO also has top notch customer service. I have called them many times with questions like which test would work best for my kids, would an updated test cause a decrease in scores, and other related questions.
Christian Liberty Press has been offering testing services for homeschoolers for decades. They currently offer two different testing options. One is the CAT test on paper as well as an online option. The online CAT version allows parents to have immediate feedback instead of having to wait for test results in the mail.
Their site offers a frequently asked questions page as well as information regarding why the 1970’s CAT test is still so popular even though some may deem it “outdated”.
Local School Districts
In some areas, local school districts will allow homeschoolers to test with their public school counterparts. This is an option that is NOT offered everywhere. I know local homeschoolers who have tested with Christian schools as well as public schools. This is a good option if you don’t feel comfortable testing your children yourself, or if you want them to get used to testing in a large group. This is NOT a good option if you have a child with an undocumented IEP as they will not be able to accommodate your child’s special needs. Contact your local school district to see if this is an option for your family.
Depending on the size of your homeschool group, they may offer testing services for their members. These testing services are often offered in a similar environment as public school testing days. Again, if your child has an IEP this may not be a good testing option. IT is a great option if you want your child to be used to testing in a group, yet around children, they know and are comfortable with.
Testing your homeschool child is a decision that must be made based on your own beliefs, your child’s abilities, and requirements within your state. Once you made the decision to test you can use this post as a reference to choosing one of the many standardized testing options for homeschoolers.
Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool, mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments of her blog Joy in the Journey.