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How do homeschool parents use state required assessments to your advantage?

We're trying to figure out how important or insignificant they are toward our 6 yr old. Just looking for a better perspective on it.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:49 AM on Mar. 5, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • I don't know how they'll help us (if we choose to go this route) but what it will do is provide data to the ministry (or state) about homeschooled children. I want my daughter assessed so they can see how she compares to children who are being educated in the classroom for better or worse.
    Nonoluna

    Answer by Nonoluna at 9:51 AM on Mar. 5, 2011

  • Interesting question.
    cleanaturalady

    Answer by cleanaturalady at 12:47 PM on Mar. 5, 2011

  • Our state doesn't require them until 5th grade. Personally, I do not see how they are a benefit at all.
    buzymamaof3

    Answer by buzymamaof3 at 4:59 PM on Mar. 5, 2011

  • We are not required to do assessments. I see now way in which they could benefit my children, so we will not be doing them.
    my2.5boys

    Answer by my2.5boys at 9:21 PM on Mar. 5, 2011

  • Depending on what assessment your state uses you could use it to see what areas your child is flourishing in and what areas you need to focus instruction on. Our standardized testing reports provide information on different math concepts and reading skills. It's very helpful to pinpoint which areas need to be remediated.

    maxswolfsuit

    Answer by maxswolfsuit at 10:07 PM on Mar. 5, 2011

  • I agree with maxswolf0 they can help identify weak areas that can use more focus.
    ethans_momma06

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 8:03 AM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • Idon't homeschool but this is a good question.
    KTMOM

    Answer by KTMOM at 12:08 PM on Mar. 7, 2011

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