If you would like me to evaluate your child, it’s advisable to contact me early in the school year and give me your contact information. Early spring, you would contact me again to schedule an appointment so I can interview your child and review his portfolio.
The homeschool law, (Act 169) requires a portfolio as part of the homeschool evaluation. It is made up of samples, spread throughout the school year, for each of the required subjects. Act 169 does not state how much documentation is needed. However, Act 169 requires that sustained progress and an appropriate education took place.
I feel the following guidelines would help show that sustained progress and an appropriate education took place. Remember, the samples need to be throughout the school year.
Unit Studies suggestion: separate work into individual subjects OR label as a unit study and keep all documentation together.
Using an “unschooling” approach and lack documentation? Include a brief description of how the required subjects were covered. Booklist, photographs and hand drawings are also great for documentation.
The log, included in the portfolio, is an ongoing list of reading materials used in your school program. This includes books read to or by the student. Curriculum that is used regularly would be logged as “ongoing”.
You are required to document the state’s attendance requirement of 180 days of school or 900 hours for the elementary levels (grades 1-6), or 180 days or 990 hours at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Remember, although you must meet the hour or day requirement, you can be evaluated before this requirement is met.
Standardized testing is required for students in grades 3, 5, and 8. Results must be included in the student’s portfolio.
TerraNova Survey and TerraNova Plus: I administer group testing for students in grades 1-8 using the diagnostic TerraNova Survey in the fall and spring. Parents can rent the optional TerraNova Plus for students in grades 1-8.
Woodcock Johnson III: Group testing is offered in the spring using the Woodcock Johnson III. Appointments for individual testing can be made for this popular standardized test any time during the school year.
Peabody Individualized Achievement Test-Revised: Individual appointments can be made for this in-depth standardized test any time during the school year.
Check out my “Now I Understand” approach to testing.
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Standardized Testing — What You Need to Know
By filling out this optional pre-evaluation worksheet of basic information, I can spend quality time reading selected writing samples and discussing the student’s schooling. I can tell at a glance what curriculum and/or learning materials were used. The student will enter the evaluation with confidence because he/she has a chance to record the highlights for each subject and to answer basic questions. To receive a $3.00 discount, fill out worksheet prior to the evaluation.
Please hand carry pre-evaluation worksheet when we meet for a Short Form evaluation and Short Form with Credits evaluation. For General or Detailed evaluations, please fill out and return via e-mail or U.S. mail one week before the evaluation.