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When I say Ben's in "2nd grade", I mean that the majority of his subjects are on a 2nd grade level. I teach everything on its own level, though, so handwriting is very basic (PreK-K) and reading is very hard (high school). He "graduates" when he finishes a set of lessons (workbook, textbook, video, or whatever the media happens to be for that subject). Does that make sense? I mean, yes, I DO test him on reading and math (for my own knowledge... Online Reading Assessment, Math Assessment and Supplemental Instruction), but otherwise, I know what he's doing, and I pick curriculum accordingly, no matter what the number says on the cover of the book. When I say he's working at x-grade level, that means I'm confident he'd do well in a group setting at that level. There will be kids in the group working slightly above or slightly below him.
yes, I have to do testing every year. If I don't test, then I have to have a teacher evalution to continue homeschooling. It is the law in Ohio I don't mind testing... It makes me realize that my kids are testing higher than their "year" curriculum and I need to push them more I like to see if I am actually teaching them something.
stay at home, homeschooling momma to Jacob(12), Alisha(10), Andrew (5)
Miguel test's because he's required. He'll be in third grade based on his age. He's 8 but he does MS/HS math, MS/HS science, MS American history, 2nd grade spelling/writing, 3rd grade grammar, HS/college reading. His National test are his grade level but I also do the DOMA / DORA to see where he's really at. When he's strictly HS in one subject I will keep grades but until then I really don't bother.
This year he's actually "repeating" third grade. I put repeating in quotes because he'll do all new things and continue advancing work. However based on some behavioral issues, his size and manner of speaking it's best that his grade matches his age. Plus he's able to participate in school classes, scouts so it'll be easier classifying him this way.
I am not required to test and have not done it, it may be something I consider in the future just to see where they are in things. I just go by what level they should be with their peers or what they are at level wise.