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Measuring your Child's Knowledge / Standardized Testing

 
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Do homeschoolers want to know if their child has mastered state standards?
Yes
65%
 65%  [ 26 ]
Maybe
15%
 15%  [ 6 ]
No
20%
 20%  [ 8 ]
Total Votes : 40

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saytutor
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:36 pm    Post subject: Measuring your Child's Knowledge / Standardized Testing Reply with quote

Hi,

I am wanting to put up a web site to offer tests for mastery of state standards.

This test measures the amount of knowledge a child has gained at a certain grade level. I would make available a standards test for each grade level in each state.

Even though homeschoolers do not legally have to meet these standards in most states, it could be reassuring to know if your child is keeping up or zooming ahead with other children their age.

These assessment tests are only for private use by the parent, and are considered a tool to help the parent become the best educator possible.

The tests would be purchased from a large company and are very expensive--several thousand dollars. The homeschooler would be charged under $50 for an assessment.

Please help me decide if I should put up this web site by answering the poll question.

Thanks so much for your help.

Regards,
Penny


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Theodore
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:45 pm    Post subject: The answer depends a lot on how much you intend to charge. Reply with quote

The answer depends a lot on how much you intend to charge.
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MNKristy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Ted.....I answered yes before reading your post. When I saw "several thousand dollars," I wouldn't be willing to pay that much to find out. I wouldn't even be willing to pay one thousand. I would say $100 max would be more like it!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:20 am    Post subject: No, homeschoolers would pay him only a small fee. Reply with quote

No, he'd pay thousands of dollars to the company that owns the tests, but homeschoolers would pay him only a small fee.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

okay, got it. Yes, I would pay a small fee to measure their progress.
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Christinethecurious
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I myself would blanch at $50. I'd rather get one of those,'What your child needs to know" books out of the library and figure it out from observation and discussion. But your survey question is a little hard to answer. Are you asking what do OTHER homeschoolers want? Or what do I want? Many of my friends find standards comforting, and report to our state with a standardized test. I make a portfolio, and only really care right now what my son knows and how to get him to know more. When I'm schooling both my boys, I may need a timesaver, right now all I have to do is look at my school aged boy's notebooks and ask him questions.
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alexisminnis
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you're doing sounds like a great idea and seems like it can be very helpful. I doubt I can take advantage of it though, I am in Canada.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know a lot of people who would love this option. However, myself, I wouldn't use this option. Here is how I look at it. Why would I want to worry if my child is meeting state standards for each grade. Doesn't that take away from the ability to teach at the child's own pace? Just my thoughts on the subject.
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