Information on Testing:
Homeschooling articles against standardized testing of children. Opinions of psychologists. Alternatives to testing.
The defect in the intelligence test is that high marks are gained by those who subsequently prove to be practically illiterate. So much time has been spent in studying the art of being tested that the candidate has rarely had time for anything else.
– C. Northcote Parkinson
Facts on standardized tests and assessment alternatives
In pursuit of higher test scores, the curriculum has been narrowed and “dumbed-down” to match the tests. Children learn less.
How do Homeschooling Parents Know their Children are Learning?
By direct observation! Writes Jan Hunt, in The Natural Child Project.
Issues of Assessment in Testing Children Under Age Eight
Research with young children (under 8 years old) indicates that using standardized tests for student grade placement or school retention can prove to be harmful to children’s ultimate achievements. By Gwen G. Stevens and Karen DeBord, NC State University.
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Test Scorer
Given the ongoing debate over these policies, it might be useful to hear about the experiences of a hidden sector of the education workforce: those of us who make our living scoring these tests. Our experiences also provide insight into how the testing mania is stunting the development of millions of young minds. By Dan DiMaggio, Monthly Review.
Not On The Test
Music and lyrics by John Forster & Tom Chapin.
Go on to sleep now, third grader of mine.
The test is tomorrow but you’ll do just fine.
It’s reading and math. Forget all the rest.
You don’t need to know what is not on the test.
Obeying the Law, Testing, & “Qualifying” to Homeschool
Barbara Edtl Shelton argues against testing from a Christian parent’s point of view.
On Standardized Testing
Tests are of questionable value in the primary grades especially.
The meeting place for parents, educators and citizens concerned with the miseducation of children in the name of higher standardized test scores. We plan to use grassroots organization, public education, civic participation and humor to stem the destructive tide of the standardized testing craze.
Should Homeschoolers be Forced to Take Standardized Tests?
Homeschooling generally focuses on learning how to learn. It is this that matters in the long run. Until they can show that they really know what should be taught and how, they should allow those with the courage and love to sacrifice for education do so in peace. By Terrie Bittner.
Standardized Testing and the Flight to Homeschooling
America’s Moms and Dads need to rethink the whole standards and accountability movement, because our public schools are facing a test-prep overdose that cries out for a parent-driven intervention. By Laura Brodie.
Standardized Testing in the Homeschool: Yes or No?
In the end, the choice of whether or not to use standardized testing in the homeschool comes down to individual belief and choice. Choosing a balanced approach to the testing question has worked well in our homeschool. By Marianne Sunderland.
Standardized Testing your Homeschooler
Now that we’ve completed our first year of testing, I want to assure you that it is not as difficult as you may think it is. The tests are fairly easy to order, administer, and submit. Our kids did very well on them and it was a nice re-assurance to me that we are doing well in our decision to homeschool. I do have a few areas to work on, and that is a good thing to find out as well.
“I do not administer annual standardized testing so I cannot tell you whether or not my children are at level with other children their age in public schools. On the other hand, I also cannot be sure that the public school children are at the same level as my children.” By Heather Sanders, The Pioneer Woman.