Today we have standardized testing for our homeschool group. We are required to test children grades three through nine in this state as one of the homeschooling guidelines. I am all for standardized testing that challenges the mind and establishes how far one's mind can go. Too bad our test is NOT like that! This particular one is a basic skills test and is not even at the child's current grade level, but it is something that we are required to take....so we do it!
When we moved here a few years ago, as always, I was excited to get the results from this "enormously discussed testing", but I am not so sure the testing gives an accurate evaluation. Actually, I would have to say that I am pretty positive. David, last year (7th grade), scored something ridiculous like 15th or 16th grade level on Reading and Math. Now, I know that the boy is intellectual, but COME ON! I want to know how a Math test that doesn't work past fractions could determine such results for a seventh grader?? I would truthfully like to see what grade level he is working at! SAT/ACT's will be coming soon enough, I suppose.