I had my evaluation yesterday, and it got me thinking.
I reviewed the DOE website before my evaluation and I think they are asking for more than they are legally allowed. So I've got some questions....
1. Did your evaluator bring a "test" for your child? My evaluator had my 6yo (kindergarten) write all his letters, his full name, and all his numbers; read a few sight words; say his alphabet; and say the sounds that the letters make. She had my 8yo (2nd grader) do a math test and read an excerpt.
2. She wanted way more lessons than are required. She asked if that was "all we had done". I told her that the DOE says that the portfolio should contain 2-3 pieces of work from each subject studied that year. Most evaluators in other areas ask for a 2" binder o smaller.
3. She wants the reports from the diagnostic test we took. It is not a requirement, but I did use it as 2 days of classes.
4. She would really like to see me use a full curriculum. She suggested Abeka (4 times!!) and Sonlight. I told her there weren't any I liked and asked if the boys "passed" their evaluation. She said yes, but pushed again for a full curriculum. She evaluates all of the ladies in our church and I think she wanted to see that I was teaching religion. Since it is not a public school or a DOE requirement, I do not include it in my portfolio. It is personal. Also everyone else in the church uses Abeka, Sonlight, or MFW. So I think she just wants to make it easy on herself.
Anyway, what do you ladies think?