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Testing isn't required here. I don't think I'll test the girls when they get older, not state testing anyway. It is one of the reasons I wanted to homeschool - too much pressure and teaching to the test. I plan on keeping a working portfolio of the girl's learning and they will take chapter exams and have assignments to measure their learning.
The past two years, I've used Online Reading Assessment, Math Assessment and Supplemental Instruction just so I have an idea where he stands based on state standards, where the weaknesses lie, and where progress has been made. In the future, we'll be using the Woodcock-Johnson, which is also not a pass/fail sort of test. It tells you what grade level a child is working on for each subtest. It's much more comprehensive (and expensive!) than LetsGoLearn. I might use it every 2-3 years rather than every year.
We are not required to test, but we do the CAT-E Survey every year, once they get to lesson 100 of the grade level. Mainly I want them to get used to the bubbling in scantron, timed sort of test in a low stress environment before they have to take them in a high stress environment (college, SATs, ACT, etc.).
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside
No testing required in TX, but I used the same reading test that Chrystal posted above. I will probably do that yearly just to see progress. Right now math is pretty easy to see where she is, the online program we are using sends a detailed report of what she's working on an the equivalent grade level so I can watch her progression. At the beginning of each year I take a look at what she would be expected to know at our local public school and use that as our minimum standard.
Alison - Mom to: Augustus (2) Maximus (3) Eleanor (5) Reid (6) Evelyn (8) Lucas (12) Christopher (14)
No testing required in Illinois and I do not know if we will test or not. Probably will look into the couple of test/surveys posted above to help us get an idea of what level she is working at, but, if so, won't be doing that until grade school age.