Do you need an assessment? Can an assessment help you in your homeschool? It often depends on your child’s learning style and the goals of your homeschool/education plans.
In Nevada, children don’t need to take placement tests or prove grade proficiency. However, many of us parents would like to know where their children’s strengths and weaknesses lie. An assessment test is a good way to know if your child has mastered multiplication or other subject.
Professional and Personal Assessment
When we first started homeschooling, I hired a teacher, Felicia Wright, to assess the kids and help us get on the right track. It helped shore up my flagging confidence and gave me direction so we weren’t buying up curriculum. I learned more about where the kids were so our homeschool efforts weren’t fruitless. She is offering $25 OFF assessments to help local families! Use code THEHOMESCHOOLCAFE at check out.
An assessment by Felicia Wright includes:
- An unbiased assessment from a professional, seasoned educator.
- Targeted data on your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Reading, Writing, and Math data.
- Strategies to prepare for next year.
- Tips to deal with behavioral issues/challenges.
- Peace of mind knowing that you are finally equipped with the tools to help your child!
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After a recent assessment, I realized we could skip some subjects entirely and move on to a much higher grade. It also showed where we needed to go back and revisit some math concepts. This saved me a lot of time. For instance, my son, who struggles with math, had to go all the way back to borrowing, but could skip estimation and other areas. We focused our efforts on where he needed more help rather than waste time on stuff he had mastered.
The placement test results from a specific program are really only for that one program. For example, your child may place at 4th grade with Funcation Academy placement test and 3rd with K5 Learning. You can have your child assessed by two or three of the free programs and cross examine if you are curious, and your child doesn’t mind online testing. Take your time and don’t worry if you are behind.
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I recently found this for testing the twins, who range from 4th to 7th grade, depending on the subject, and the twin. I used the 4th and 5th grade for math to see what they needed to refresh or learn outright and skipped over to 6th for everything else. It’s pretty basic, but it gave me an idea of what we needed to go back over and what we could skip altogether. The teacher answer key is awesome because I basically had them grade each other and I could sneak in some work time!
The Lite version of this online assessment program doesn’t require a credit card. It was developed by educational researchers at the University of Oregon. They worked with school districts to create curriculum-based measures for early literacy in both English and Spanish. EasyCBM assesses:
- Oral reading fluency,
- Reading comprehension
- Mathematics (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Focal Point Standards and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. These include built-in read-aloud and Spanish translation.)
Great for little kids, this is a free 14-day trial with no credit card required. K5 Learning assesses your child’s reading and math skills. An animated character guides them through the online components with no downloads. Parents receive the assessment reports. If you choose the program after the assessment, K5 will create a personalized online learning program.
- Phonemic Awareness
- Sight Words
- Reading Comprehension
- Numbers and Operations
- Measurement Concepts
This is a three-hour assessment in math, reading and language arts. Kids can take the assessment anytime they like and over a period of days. Funcation Academy follows up with a call to discuss each child’s assessment, strengths and weaknesses and what grade level they tested for in each subject.
There is no obligation. It is a pretty thorough assessment for the basics for elementary-aged children. The online programs have many extras.
Go old school with paper and pencil with this placement quiz for K-3, Middle Grades, Alegbra 1 and 2 and Upper Grades. There are many affordable online assistance, such as Nicole the Math Lady, that can offer support for parents and kids. She has deals for her proven help techniques and program.
If your child struggles with learning, then it may be a good idea to have them assessed for dyslexia. Locally, Dyslexia Intervention Services can assess and assist your child with root learning problems and provide expertise for your child’s learning style.