This time of year, the local homeschool groups are all abuzz about testing. It’s always the same questions – What are my options for Homeschool Testing in Georgia?
What is Required?
Where can I test?
When should I test?
Can I administer it myself?
Who do I need to pay?
Which grades need testing?
Where do I send my results?
Per Georgia State requirements for 2014-2015:
Standardized Tests: Children must take a national standardized achievement test every three years beginning at the end of the third grade. “Test scores are not required to be submitted to public school authorities.” Ga. Code Ann. ? 20-2-690(c)(7). Parent must write an annual progress report and retain it for three years. Ga. Code Ann. ? 20-2-690(c)(8).
How can you find a standardized test and which one is right for your family?
Here are a few options that we have found:
- Hewitt Homeschooling PASS Test: This is a great test that can be administered by a parent and this is the testing that we use. It is untimed so children do not have to stress on rushing.
- CAT5: No college degree required to administer test, so this is great for parents as well. This test is timed. I have no experience with this test, but I know several that have and like it.
- Check with your local homeschool co-ops. Many will know a teacher willing to administer the standardized test to your child for a fee.
Once you have finished testing, the parent just needs to keep the results on record.
You should also check out the Georgia homeschool requirements to make sure that your are within all the laws and are fully aware of how to start homeschooling in Georgia.
Also make note of the homeschool expo, such as the GHEA Convention. There are a ton of great tips and ideas that can be gleaned from those sources.
For more great homeschooling tips, visit our Homeschool tab.
If you have any other options you’d like to add, please leave a comment!