Testing Your Homeschooler

Testing your homeschooler can be an interesting proposition. On the one hand, part of the benefit of homeschooling is that your children don’t necessarily have to face the same types of pressures in terms of things like test anxiety that they would otherwise have in a school. At the same time, it is important for you to truly understand how your homeschooler is progressing, what areas they may be weak in, and what areas they are especially strong in that you might like to expand opportunities for them. For some, the state may require that any child of school age take certain standardized achievement tests, although this is the exception rather than the rule. Most states do not have a requirement for testing your homeschooler.

Now, testing your homeschooler can be a definite benefit to the homeschool experience. If you use testing to help identify the places that your homeschooler is struggling, tests can be a wonderful asset. On the down side, tests may not tell the whole picture, as many children struggle with problems like test anxiety. It may also be that, on that particular day, your homeschooler was just not focused, or didnt sleep well, or any number of other things.

If you are going to be testing your homeschooler, there are some things that you should do to make sure that you get the most accurate results. You want to make sure that your homeschooler has a good night’s sleep the night before. Make sure that your homeschooler has a nutritious breakfast. Make sure that your homeschooler has a comfortable and well-lit area in which to test. You should also try to make your homeschooler comfortable about the test. Let them know that some questions will be easy, some will be hard, and that there are some that she will not know.

Ultimately, whether or not to test your homeschooler, and whether or not testing your homeschooler will benefit him or her, is up to you, and up to whatever regulations may exist in your state regarding testing of homeschoolers.

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