Our homeschool PSP requires that all children who are in 7th grade through 11th grade be tested. It was highly suggested though, that we test them a year earlier than 7th so that the kids become familiar with the process and are therefore less stressed when it actually “matters”.
Our oldest girl has finally reached the age where testing is on the horizon, so we are going to have her start this year, as she is in 6th grade, and hopefully better prepare her for what is ahead. The current curriculum we use has periodic tests to help us asses how much she is retaining and progressing, but this will be something entirely different; the tests are much longer and will be timed.
It seems that within the homeschooling world there is an internal debate about whether our children should receive these test or not. There are battles on both ends of the argument and both sides are vehement about where they stand.
Personally, my husband and I have no problem with the tests. At some point our children might want to go to college. If they plan to go, they will need to take tests both before being accepted and during their courses. At some point our children will get jobs. Most companies require some sort of exam before offering employment. Having our children take standardized tests now will better assist us in preparing for their future, both by helping them overcome any fears of testing and also by helping them become familiar with the testing process. We feel our children are well taught and “T” will have few problems with the coming exams. It is simply a way of assessing our current learning and evaluating which areas might need a little more assistance.
I am not “prepping” her for the tests, nor are we anxious about how she will do. The Lord was very clear about the methods and curriculum that are currently in progress. Knowing that we are following His instructions gives us the confidence of going into those tests, believing that He will use them to only further our goals.
🔔Time to Chime In: How do you feel about standardized testing?