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Homeschool Testing – 5 Days of Homeschool Questions

Homeschoolers face many questions. The questions we deal with would never be asked to a parent of a public school child. While we may be upset at times, we need to remember that not everyone understands what we have come to learn. That is why I am taking this week to answer questions that non-homeschoolers have.

Yesterday I answered the question about socialization, and today I am going to talk about testing. Not just the tests that are given throughout the year, but that once a year testing to see how the kids are learning.

The Question

The actual question that was asked on my personal Facebook page was “How are the children tested to make sure they are schooling, not just the home part?” At first, I was a little offended, kids learn just by being at home. But I remembered this was coming from someone who did not homeschool and was actually curious to know the answer.

Yearly Testing in Our Homeschool

In the state of Minnesota, we are required to have our children tested using a specific test or going to a facility to have them tested. This needs to be done every year. While we don’t need to turn these into the school district where we report to each year, we still need to do it.

What Do We Use

We use the online California Achievement Test (CAT) from Academic Excellence. This is an approved test in our state that we are able to do online or on paper. We love the online option so much. The kids are timed, take the test and submit it all online. I get immediate scores and results.

This test works through reading comprehension, math, and vocabulary. These are the main topics that all standardized tests cover. I know that by having my children take this test yearly, I am seeing the main results that I need to see.

What We Think

I am not a fan of the idea of testing our kids. They each learn at their own pace, so trying to test them and compare them to other children is not my ideal situation. However, I do like to see where they have strengths and where I need to help them a little more. I love doing this at home at our pace. Using this program allows me to give the children breaks as we need it. We don’t have to spend a whole day testing if we don’t want to, but if they are on a roll, we can keep going. 

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Doing this test every year shows me that no matter what curriculum I am using, or not using, my kids are learning. They may not be college-bound in 4th grade, but they are learning each year. 

I may not be able to speak for every state, as each state has its own rules for testing or not, but here in Minnesota, we do take a yearly test to see how much our kids are learning.

Tomorrow I am going to talk about how we know what grade our child is in and not just based on their age! I hope to have you join me again for that!

I am taking part in the Not Back to School Blog Hop put on by the Homeschool Review Crew. head on over and check out the other posts from today right here:


Chareen @ Every Bed of RosesABC of Homeschooling

Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag Adding Fun to Your Homeschool Day

Erin @ For Him and My Family Large Family Homeschooling



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Hearts for Home Blog Hop ~ January 23, 2013

 

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Welcome everyone!! Check out the Host and Co-hosts right over here!

 

 

The most popular post from last week was:

 

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Snowy Art, Piano Study, Finger Knitting and More ~ From Campfires and Cleats

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

Valentine's Day Fun Pack ~ From Marriage, Motherhood and Missions

 

Recommended Books for 8-10 Year Olds ~ From The Measured Mom

 

Being Intentional and Persisitent in My Prayer Life ~ From Grace Filled Moments

 

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop ~ January 16, 2014

 

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Welcome everyone!! Check out the Host and Co-hosts right over here!

 

 

The most popular post from last week was:

 

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One Word for 2014 ~ From Home to 4 Kiddos

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

Great Notebooking Resources ~ From Blessed Learners

 

Most Popular Printables of 2013 – and the After School Linky! ~ From The Measured Mom

 

Trinity for Littles: The Three Persons of God (Sound Words Lesson) ~ From Proverbial Homemaker

 

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #46

 

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Welcome everyone!! Check out the Host and Co-hosts right over here!

 

 

The most popular post from last week was:

 

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Christmas Fun For Preschoolers ~ From Happy and Blessed Home

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

20 Christ-Centered Christmas Storybooks ~ From My Joy-Filled Life

 

Christmas Playdoh ~ From The Hoggart Homeschool

 

Our Fifteen Favorite Read-Aloud Christmas Books ~ From First Comes Love

 

Our Week in Review: MFW K Unit 11 & BFIAR Week 11 ~ From Cornerstone Confessions

 

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #42

 

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Welcome everyone!! Check out the Host and Co-hosts right over here!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

 

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Six Crucial Prayers to Pray for Your Children ~ From Women Abiding

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

How to Make Copywork More Enjoyable ~ From Homeschool With Love

 

Unit Study Basics ~ From Benoit Academy

 

How to Help Your Teen Study Smarter: Sponge Learning Skills Review ~ From Education Possible

 

Discover the 13 Colonies: a FREE Study Guide ~ From Education Possible

 

 

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #40

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Welcome everyone!! Don't forget to head over Upside Down Homeschooling to read about the Host and Co-hosts of this Blog Hop!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

 

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My Daughters' Modest Monday ~ At the Manly Home Imporvement Store from First Comes Love

 

 

A few of my favorites are:

 

* Bible in a Year With Your Kids Week 2 Free Pack from Growing in God's Grace

 

* Welcome to Kids in the Word! from Kids in the Word

 

* Ultimate List of Homeschool Resources from Paradise Praises

 

* A Word Study and Recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Butter from Southern Test Kitchen

 

 

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #38

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Welcome everyone!! Don't forget to head over Upside Down Homeschooling to read about the Host and Co-hosts of this Blog Hop!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

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Help Young Writers Edit: Get a Spelling Dictionary for Kids! from The Measured Mom

 

A few of my favorites were:

 

* Bible in a Year with Your Kids Intro Post from Growing in God's Grace

 

* 31 Days of Emergency Preparedness from Mama Kautz

 

* When You've Reached Your Limit from The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide

 

Congratulations if you were featured this week!! Grab a "I was featured" button to proudly display on your blog!

 

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #37

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Welcome everyone!! Don't forget to head over Upside Down Homeschooling to read about the Host and Co-hosts of this Blog Hop!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

 

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Book Lists from Homemaking With Heart

 

A few of my favorite posts were:

 

* Benefits of Pets: Life with Moore Babies (Guest Post) from Farm Fresh Adventures

* Geometry for Kids:Finding Shapes at the Playground from Buggy and Buddy

* Free and Frugal Fall Lapbooks and Homeschool Lessons from Embracing Destiny

 

Congratulations if you were featured this week!! Grab a "I was featured" button to proudly display on your blog!

 

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Hearts For Home Blog Hop #35

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Welcome everyone!! Don't forget to head over Upside Down Homeschooling to read about the Host and Co-hosts of this Blog Hop!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

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Landmark Matching Game from Home To 4 Kiddos
 

A few of my favorite posts were:

 

* I'll Pray For You… from Mimi's House

* Raising a Sensitive Child from Homemaking With Heart

Homeschool Confession: I Don't Want My Boys To Be "Scoialized" from Serving Joyfully

 

Congratulations if you were featured this week!! Grab a "I was featured" button to proudly display on your blog!

 

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Hearts for Home Blog Hop #33

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Welcome everyone!! This is my first week doing this weekly blog hop. I hope you will join me and visit all these other wonderful bloggers and see what is happening with everyone! And don't forget to head over Upside Down Homeschooling to read about the Host and Co-hosts of this Blog Hop!

 

The most popular post from last week was:

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Our Home School Spaces with From The Mrs.

 

A few of my favorite posts were:

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Now, for the blogs for this week! Hearts for Home Blog Hop is for any post that shows your heart is in your home. It can be anything like homeschooling, homemaking, parenting, marriage, faith, family, friends, you get the idea right? We just ask that you would link back to this blog or display the Hearts for Home button within your post or on your sidebar.

 

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Here we go!! Go ahead and link up your family friendly post below!