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End of year test...where required

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If you don't have your child take the standard test at the school what do you have them take when it's required? Every year we have just gone to the school and she has taken the test they give to the PS students (actually it's the test from the year before she has to take) last year my oldest didn't even take Science or the History test but the PS kids had to, doesn't make any sense to me. I really don't want to have to buy the CAT or the TerraNova every year so that's why I bring her to the school. I'm not sure what she will take this year since the Common Core is out. I heard you can write a narration, I'm not sure how that is done though. I actually called the school today to see what they will do but no one was in to answer my question.
by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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blueyedbaker
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

My husband hates the fact that he won't see them walk across the stage to get a diploma, the sports thing bothers him for some reason (that they aren't playing at the school for the school) even though both my girls play sports and keep very busy. He also doesn't like that they don't get a chance to make more friends. WHAT?!! Both my girls see the friends they made in PS and they have made a lot of friends since they have been out of PS but he doesn't seem to care. He just likes to have something to complain about, the fact is he really doesn't agree with our girls being home schooled and that's it, he just tries to find reasons to disagree so needless to say we don't talk about anything to with home schooling. The girls do talk about their day with him and what they learned and ya know what he is truly amazed by what the girls tell him but that doesn't change his mind even though they didn't do that when they were in PS!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 My hubby constantly brings up the taxes thing too!

I don't think my oldest will ever want to go back to ps, but I worry about the younger two.  The issues, the bullying fom the other kids And from the teachers. 

Quoting blueyedbaker:

If my  kids had issues I wouldn't take them to the school either. That's one issue my husband has(and he has many more) with home schooling, we pay taxes still!  It's so sad that kids can get that traumatized from PS. I know the bulling my youngest went through will always be with her and I feel very sad about that. I just hope my girls never want to go back to PS, that will be a very sad day too!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 If my boys didn't have an issue with the PS, I'd probably just take the free test.  We pay those school taxes might as well use the resource, KWIM?

Quoting blueyedbaker:

I know there are two but I think they are both at least an hour away both in different counties than mine. I'll have to look into it and see if it'd be worth the travel. My girls don't have any issues with the PS but they don't want to go to it unless they have to.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 Are there any groups that you can join that give the test?  The group that gives the test for us is 2 counties away, but I just hate he thought of making Zave go into the school.  He hates that school.  We try to not even drive past it anymore.  He no longer gets panic attacks from it, but he still comments on how much he hated it.  I can't imagine him doing well on a test inside that building.

Quoting blueyedbaker:

If I take my girls to the school then they take the test the other kids take which is free (but an older test), but I've been thinking about just buying the TerraNova test but then I'd have to find someone that the school will agree to give the test to my girls. I guess I really don't know what I'm going to do this year. The school still hasn't called me back to let me know what test they'd be taking if they took one from the school.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 Yes.  Through our HS group, it is $35 so pretty doable.

Quoting blueyedbaker:

Do you have to pay for the test? 

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 We will be testing with the Terra Nova next year but we only have to do it in certain years.  My soon-to-be 3rd grader will need a test next year.


 


 


 


 


bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM

 I'm lucky in that respect.  My hubby supports homeschooling 100%.  He didn't before I sent my oldest to PS, but I recorded ds' teacher on our answering machine one day.  I had called her about the fact that Zave's lunch was completely uneaten the day before.  I told her that he said the kids didn't like what he was eating and complained about the "smell" of his peppers.  Her response was that if we sent "normal" food in his lunch then he wouldn't be picked on so much.  That so many of the kids that are bullied there bring it on themseles with the foods they eat and clothes they wear.  And that the parents just have no idea what goes on inside an elementary school lunchroom.  It blew him away that she was so open about how everyone gets bullied and that's part of life.  He was done at tthat point.  He's happy with AYSO and karate, private music lessons, and classes at the Y.  But look what it took to get him here, a bully for a teacher for goodness sakes! 

Quoting blueyedbaker:

My husband hates the fact that he won't see them walk across the stage to get a diploma, the sports thing bothers him for some reason (that they aren't playing at the school for the school) even though both my girls play sports and keep very busy. He also doesn't like that they don't get a chance to make more friends. WHAT?!! Both my girls see the friends they made in PS and they have made a lot of friends since they have been out of PS but he doesn't seem to care. He just likes to have something to complain about, the fact is he really doesn't agree with our girls being home schooled and that's it, he just tries to find reasons to disagree so needless to say we don't talk about anything to with home schooling. The girls do talk about their day with him and what they learned and ya know what he is truly amazed by what the girls tell him but that doesn't change his mind even though they didn't do that when they were in PS!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 My hubby constantly brings up the taxes thing too!

I don't think my oldest will ever want to go back to ps, but I worry about the younger two.  The issues, the bullying fom the other kids And from the teachers. 

Quoting blueyedbaker:

If my  kids had issues I wouldn't take them to the school either. That's one issue my husband has(and he has many more) with home schooling, we pay taxes still!  It's so sad that kids can get that traumatized from PS. I know the bulling my youngest went through will always be with her and I feel very sad about that. I just hope my girls never want to go back to PS, that will be a very sad day too!

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 If my boys didn't have an issue with the PS, I'd probably just take the free test.  We pay those school taxes might as well use the resource, KWIM?

Quoting blueyedbaker:

I know there are two but I think they are both at least an hour away both in different counties than mine. I'll have to look into it and see if it'd be worth the travel. My girls don't have any issues with the PS but they don't want to go to it unless they have to.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 Are there any groups that you can join that give the test?  The group that gives the test for us is 2 counties away, but I just hate he thought of making Zave go into the school.  He hates that school.  We try to not even drive past it anymore.  He no longer gets panic attacks from it, but he still comments on how much he hated it.  I can't imagine him doing well on a test inside that building.

Quoting blueyedbaker:

If I take my girls to the school then they take the test the other kids take which is free (but an older test), but I've been thinking about just buying the TerraNova test but then I'd have to find someone that the school will agree to give the test to my girls. I guess I really don't know what I'm going to do this year. The school still hasn't called me back to let me know what test they'd be taking if they took one from the school.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 Yes.  Through our HS group, it is $35 so pretty doable.

Quoting blueyedbaker:

Do you have to pay for the test? 

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 We will be testing with the Terra Nova next year but we only have to do it in certain years.  My soon-to-be 3rd grader will need a test next year.


 


 


 


 


 

blueyedbaker
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Wow, that's really bad. My last straw was with my youngest being punched. I was told that because the little boy was a different race that basically there wasn't anything they could do. I was floored. She just went to K in PS and I never sent her back the following Fall. She loved going to school but would complain about certain kids.(what's even worse is that my husband said that everyone goes through these things so his kids shouldn't be any different!!!)

I volunteered in the class and saw things that I didn't agree with and I would never know anything was happening unless I volunteered because the teacher never said anything. I'm very happy my girls wanted to be home schooled, but sad they went through some crappy things.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 I'm lucky in that respect.  My hubby supports homeschooling 100%.  He didn't before I sent my oldest to PS, but I recorded ds' teacher on our answering machine one day.  I had called her about the fact that Zave's lunch was completely uneaten the day before.  I told her that he said the kids didn't like what he was eating and complained about the "smell" of his peppers.  Her response was that if we sent "normal" food in his lunch then he wouldn't be picked on so much.  That so many of the kids that are bullied there bring it on themseles with the foods they eat and clothes they wear.  And that the parents just have no idea what goes on inside an elementary school lunchroom.  It blew him away that she was so open about how everyone gets bullied and that's part of life.  He was done at tthat point.  He's happy with AYSO and karate, private music lessons, and classes at the Y.  But look what it took to get him here, a bully for a teacher for goodness sakes! 



 


 


bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

 I don't know what in the culture makes people think that these kinds of stories are "normal".  I'm glad your girls like being homeschooled and that your hubby doesn't try to stop you at least.  I think a lot of the teachers just don't think things are wrong.  Most aren't as vocal as DS' teacher was, but I'm willing to bet many more feel the same way.

Quoting blueyedbaker:

Wow, that's really bad. My last straw was with my youngest being punched. I was told that because the little boy was a different race that basically there wasn't anything they could do. I was floored. She just went to K in PS and I never sent her back the following Fall. She loved going to school but would complain about certain kids.(what's even worse is that my husband said that everyone goes through these things so his kids shouldn't be any different!!!)

I volunteered in the class and saw things that I didn't agree with and I would never know anything was happening unless I volunteered because the teacher never said anything. I'm very happy my girls wanted to be home schooled, but sad they went through some crappy things.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

 I'm lucky in that respect.  My hubby supports homeschooling 100%.  He didn't before I sent my oldest to PS, but I recorded ds' teacher on our answering machine one day.  I had called her about the fact that Zave's lunch was completely uneaten the day before.  I told her that he said the kids didn't like what he was eating and complained about the "smell" of his peppers.  Her response was that if we sent "normal" food in his lunch then he wouldn't be picked on so much.  That so many of the kids that are bullied there bring it on themseles with the foods they eat and clothes they wear.  And that the parents just have no idea what goes on inside an elementary school lunchroom.  It blew him away that she was so open about how everyone gets bullied and that's part of life.  He was done at tthat point.  He's happy with AYSO and karate, private music lessons, and classes at the Y.  But look what it took to get him here, a bully for a teacher for goodness sakes! 

 


 


 


 

Kerseygeek
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 5:36 PM
In GA we have to do a standardized test every 2yrs starting at the end of 3rd grade. We have a place that caters to offering classes to homeschoolers that also does the testing so I'm taking DS there. It has to be given by a certified person. I'm not considered qualified. I think they want it done independently.
Walnutgrovefarm
by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 10:39 PM

We don't have to test in our state. But I'm confused to what is on the tests. The standardize d tests are geared towad what the ps is teaching. I was told by a teacher she teaches to the tests not what she would like to teach. I will have my ds tested before high school mainly for placement.

blueyedbaker
by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 8:29 AM
That's just it. Teachers are teaching kids (mostly) what's on that darn test NOT what they want to teach. So I have to teach my kids (mostly) what's on that darn test if I want them to pass it at the end of the year. We do a lot of stuff but I always have to go back and check out the test to make sure we covered what was on the year before test so I know my girls will be prepared. My oldest is having issues with Math this year. So instead of learning everything there is to learn for 5th grade Math we are focusing on multiplication and doing a little bit of the other stuff. So I'm worried she will not do so good on the Math part of that test. It's just stupid! I know she'll get the multiplication but that test is putting pressure on us that shouldn't be there!
Quoting Walnutgrovefarm:

We don't have to test in our state. But I'm confused to what is on the tests. The standardize d tests are geared towad what the ps is teaching. I was told by a teacher she teaches to the tests not what she would like to teach. I will have my ds tested before high school mainly for placement.

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