There are as many different opinions about academic testing as
there are homeschoolers. Many people object to standardized testing.
Hopefully this page can help you decide how you feel about academic
start with a definition:
as-sess ,v.t. 1. to estimate officially the
value of (property,etc) for taxation. 2. to determine
the amount of (damages, a fine, etc.) 3. to evaluate:
to assess one's efforts.
|The next word in my dictionary
as-set, n. 1. A useful thing or quality.
interesting definition to me was number 3. Actually the next
definition is the real comment. In this age of standardized
testing, how can one really measure one's efforts? In the
state where I homeschool, we have to send proof that our students
show improvement each year. I used a standardized test every
So in our homeschool we look at Standardized tests as a necessary
evil that measures someone's idea of some subset of knowledge
the specific age group should know. We also know
that one day my student will take the SAT College entrance
test, so I want him to know what a standardized test looked
this age of standardized testing I thinks it's better to be
the informed player on the sidelines than the ostrich who
doesn't even pay attention to the game in the stadium.
Lingo - The Language of Standardized Testing
language used in conjunction with standardized testing is
mind boggling - especially if it is language you do not see
everyday. In my opinion, it is language that is designed to
confuse parents into thinking that there are "experts"
out there who are better than they are in assessing their
children's needs. Granted in some cases, "experts"
need to be called in, but in the case of standardized testing,
language should be precise and clear for parents to understand.
There is nothing more frustrating to a parent than to receive
standardized test results that have to have a page of explanation
describing what the numbers mean. But this is the structured
world of public and private education these days.
section attempts to decode some of the "lingo" you
might encounter in dealing with standardized testing.
A norm-referenced test is a type of test, assessment,
or evaluation in which the tested individual is compared
to a sample of peers who also took the same test.
referenced test (CRTs)
Criterion referenced are
intended to measure how well a person has learned a specific
subject. CRTs usually are administered to determine whether
a student has learned the material taught in a specific
grade or course.
Determine developmental readiness. Administered at Kindergarten
or 1st grade.
The two most commonly used for gifted assessment are
the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® (WISC)
and the Stanford-Binet.These
tests measure Intelligence quotient or IQ. The Stanford-Binet
has a higher range and is the test of choice for highly
AKA: academic, achievement or proficiency) Tests
A standardized test is an assessment that has been devised
from a sample of primarily public school students of
a certain grade and age in a particular area. This kind
of test generally includes sub-tests to measure a student's
math and reading levels, and may include sub-tests on
science, social studies and more specific areas such
as spelling, grammar, problem solving.There are 2 kinds
of standardized tests. 1. Norm referenced 2. criterion
Unlike standardized tests, diagnostic tests
are criterion referenced. This means that the test items
and goals are determined according to a fixed set of
requirements. Each test is scored based only on the
student's own performance regarding his or her grade