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This page applies only to the required testing for grades 3, 5, and 8. For information on college board testing, visit our high school information page.
You need to give your student in grades 3, 5, and 8 a test that has been approved of by the state department of education. Even though science and social studies, etc. are offered as well on the achievement tests, you only have to give the student the reading/language arts and mathematics portion; however, it is up to your discretion of you want your student to take the whole thing. It is also up to your discretion if you want your student to take a standardized test in other grade l evels. The test cannot be given by the child's parent or guardian. In grades 3, 5, and 8 this test needs to be included in the student's portfolio. See law.
Our family did the standardized testing with Stanford Achievement Tests every year, even though it's not required. This way, we were comfortable with taking the tests, and our progress was documented. Some studies have shown that home-schoolers' scores are generally higher than public school students' scores, and our mom always felt encouraged when she received our test results.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved of ten nationally normed standardized tests for home-schoolers:
The publishers of these tests generally will not sell a copy directly to the family. Also, when having your child tested, it is important to choose the test administrator in advance as the testing programs require that the test be sent directly to the administrator and not to the parent/guardian.
The options for testing are:
Don't wait until the last minute to order your child's achievement test. It takes time to receive the tests, it takes time to take the tests, and it takes time to receive the test results. The results need to be in your portfolio in time for your evaluation in third, fifth, and eighth grades. Allow 5-7 weeks for your test to arrive, a week to take the test (pre-arrange this with the test proctor), and 4-8 weeks to receive results (about 3 ½ - 4 months). Sometime between January and March is a good time to make arrangements for your tests depending on when you wish to receive your test results.
You can obtain achievement tests from the following sources:
Family Learning Organization
Comprehensive Test of Basic SkillsThe Sycamore Tree
Iowa Achievement TestBob Jones University - for more information email, phone: 1.800.845.5731 or 1.864.242.5100 ext. 3300. Test can be administered by someone with a bachelor's degree (they do need to be pre-approved by BJU).
Summit Christian Academy - for more information you may email.
Piedmont Education Services
Metropolitan Achievement TestFamily Learning Organization
Stanford Achievement TestBob Jones University - for more information email, phone: 1.800.845.5731 or 1.864.242.5100 ext. 3300. Test can be administered by someone with a bachelor's degree (they do need to be pre-approved by BJU).
Wide Range Achievement TestSummit Christian Academy - for more information you may email.
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We are not lawyers; and, while we have researched the PA home-school law in careful detail, we are not offering legal advice.
If you need legal counsel, you should consult a professional attorney or HSLDA.