National Testing For Our Kids

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National Testing For Our Kids

Postby lydiavj » Thu Feb 08, 2007 1:07 pm


Just wondering if any of you test your kids nationally through the public schools or if there is another way to do it just to see where they are at nationally?

How often should that be done?


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Postby iamnettie » Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:16 pm

I am certified Iowa Basic Test Administrator and that is what I will be doing with my kids. Missouri, were I live, does not require any testing, but for my own piece of mind I would like to, just to see if my kids are keeping up or ahead of the average. I am also a Stanford administrator too.

If you go here: you can see if you qualify to be a test administrator or you can find people who are certified to be test administor to give the test for you. One of the things it ask on the applications if you want your name and phone number to be in a data base for others to contact you if they want you to test their children.

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Postby LasPlagas » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:50 am

I take the Iowa every year. I'm pretty proud of my grades with them too. Aparently I had math like a sophmore in college in 7th grade. :P

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Postby oneofthegirls » Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:03 am

Though our state does not require testing, I decided a few years ago to subject my girls to testing through the local public school. They were put into a classroom with a teacher and children they did not know. This teacher was having a horrible day- and yelled and screamed at the kids. One of girls ended up crying and doing horrible on a few sections of her test.
My advice- whatever testing you do, make sure that your child is in an environment that is as familiar and stress free as possible. I have heard that our hs group has certified IOWA test admins also. I think that this is the best way to go- and am checking into it for this year.
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Postby Jill » Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:15 pm

You can give some of the nationally normed tests yourself (the CAT test for example). There is a company called Thurbers that rents it.
Our state requires a nationally normed test of homeschoolers, but not of public schooled kids (they use a state test only.)

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