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by Yvonne Bunn

PSAT Changes in 2015

Posted on Oct 27 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I know the SAT exam is being redesigned, but will the PSAT change, too? A. Yes, the College Board is revising the PSAT/NMSQT test along with the SAT. The new PSAT exam is scheduled to be in the hands of students by October 2015. It is designed to prepare students for the new SAT […]

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PSAT® Test Registration

Posted on Sep 14 2014 by Maya

Q. Where do I register my high school student for the PSAT®? A. A homeschooler must register for the PSAT® at the local public high school in the school district in which he resides or another school close by. Some larger private schools also provide the test. The parent should speak to the school principal […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Testing Deadline Missed!

Posted on Jul 29 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

  Q. What can I do if I miss the August 1 testing deadline? A. Although the deadline is very close, you still have a few options. An online version of the California Achievement Test is available for students in grades 2-12. The test can be taken online and the results are provided immediately after […]

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Assessment Evaluators

Posted on Jul 12 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Who can evaluate my child in order to comply with the law? A. The answer depends on the option you have chosen for the evaluation. If you have filed a Notice of Intent form, you have several options for showing your child’s progress by August 1 each year. You may use a standardized achievement […]

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Testing If No Longer Homeschooling

Posted on Jun 15 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Do I still have to submit test scores if I’ve decided not to homeschool next year? A. A-The law says if you provide home instruction, you must provide either testing results or an evaluation or assessment for the previous homeschool school year by August 1. §22.2-254.1(C) states the following: The parent who elects to […]

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Testing – How to Report

Posted on Jun 9 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and score sheet to the test provider at the address listed in the test instructions. It […]

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How to Report Test Results

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

Q. How do I report the testing score to the superintendent? Do I use a form or do I write a letter to tell him the results? A. After you test your child, you will send the test booklet and score sheet to the test provider at the address listed in the test instructions. It […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Testing for Language Arts and Math Only

Posted on May 18 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Is there a test available that only has the language and math parts? I understand if I use a regular test, I do not have to use the other subject areas, but I feel that looks bad when we turn in our results. A. A few test publishers provide a survey version of standardized […]

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Testing Changes with the CAT

Posted on May 14 2014 by admin

Q. Is the California Achievement Test (CAT) still available for testing? A. Some test suppliers no longer carry the CAT-5 version of the California Achievement test because it is considered an old test; it was nationally normed in 1992. The CAT-5 has outdated vocabulary and pictures to which many young students cannot relate. The demand […]

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Testing If in Private School

Posted on May 5 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Should I send in test scores if my child is enrolled in a private school for her core classes, and I homeschool her for only one subject? A. You may or may not have to provide test scores, depending on what you did at the beginning of the school year. If you filed a Notice […]

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Blackout Test Results

Posted on Apr 19 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Should I black out the test results for history and science on my child’s standardized achievement test before sending in the scores to the superintendent? A. Yes, you may black out the scores if your child took the history and science portions of a standardized achievement test. However, it is not necessary for your […]

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Last Date to Test

Posted on Mar 4 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What is the latest I should test? I want to make sure we finish all the material before testing.   A. I would suggest completing end-of-year tests no later than June. Once the test is mailed, you have no control over the mail service or the time it will take for the testing company […]

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SAT vs. Achievement Test

Posted on Feb 23 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Does a high school junior who has taken the SAT have to take the end of year test? I read it could replace the test for a senior. A. The SAT is not the same as a standardized achievement test. The Virginia homeschool statute (§22.1-254.1(C)) requires “evidence that the child has attained a composite […]

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SAT® and ACT® Test Difference

Posted on Feb 19 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What’s the difference between the SAT® and ACT® tests for college entrance? A. Both the SAT® (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exam and the ACT® (American College Testing) exam measure college readiness. A high school student who is planning to enter a four-year college as a freshman usually takes either the SAT® exam or the ACT® […]

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Test if Beginning Mid Year

Posted on Dec 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If I begin homeschooling in January, will I be required to test and send in the results by August 1? A. Yes, if you filed a Notice of Intent and begin homeschooling any time during the school year—even as late as April or May—you are required to submit test or evaluation  results by August […]

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Testing with a Local School

Posted on Dec 10 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. When I filed my Notice of Intent, the school district offered to test my child in the spring with the Iowa test. They said not many homeschoolers use this free service. Is there a reason? A. A few school districts, but not all, offer free testing for homeschooled students. They use the test they […]

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Testing a Young Child

Posted on Dec 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a young first-grader with a short attention span. Can you suggest a test that is acceptable to my school district? A. All standardized tests are acceptable; it is up to you to decide which test you would like to use. You might consider looking at the California Achievement Test (CAT). Most sections […]

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Special-Needs Requirements

Posted on Oct 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are there extra requirements to homeschool a child with special needs? Are they still eligible for services like speech and occupational therapy (OT)? A. A child with special needs has the right to be homeschooled, and the parents of a child with special needs has the same rights to homeschool as any other parent […]

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No Response from Superintendent

Posted on Sep 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I filed my NOI in early August and haven’t had a response yet from the superintendent’s office. Should I be concerned? A. There is no reason to be concerned. The superintendent is not required to send a response to parents who file a Notice of Intent, although most do respond as a courtesy. If […]

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Evaluation Not Accepted

Posted on Sep 4 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If the superintendent decides the evaluation letter I sent is not acceptable, what might I expect to happen? Now that it is past the August 1 deadline, have I missed the opportunity to do anything else? A. As long as you provided evaluation information prior to the August 1 deadline, you have complied with […]

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Submitting A Portfolio

Posted on Aug 25 2013 by admin

Q. I want to prepare a portfolio for next year. What do I need to do and how is it evaluated? A. The law doesn’t address portfolios directly, but they can be used for an evaluation or assessment. Begin by compiling samples of your child’s best work in a notebook or scrapbook from the beginning […]

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Percentile Test Scores

Posted on Jul 21 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I compute the percentile score for my child’s standardized achievement test? Is it an average or do some parts have more weight? A. A standardized achievement test is not like the subject tests you give during the year. Parents don’t have the information that is needed to compute a percentile score. The […]

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High School Credits

Posted on Jul 7 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. About how many hours of high school work equals one credit hour for a transcript? A. There are several acceptable ways to calculate a high school credit hour. Your teen could complete a high-school-level text–not every problem or page–but at least 75% of the book. It should take about one year to complete. Or […]

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Tester’s Credentials

Posted on Jun 22 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. The superintendent’s office has requested to see my tester’s credentials. Am I required to supply that information with the test results? A. No, if you have complied with the homeschool statute and have chosen to use a standardized achievement test, the law requires you to only submit a copy of the test results by […]

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Certified Tutors and Testing

Posted on Jun 19 2013 by admin

Q. I’m a certified teacher, and I’ve received a letter saying that I must send testing results by August 1. Is this correct? A. It depends on how you filed last year. There are two ways Virginia certified teachers (tutors) can comply with the law. If you sent a letter to the superintendent referencing the […]

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by Yvonne Bunn

Skipping a Grade

Posted on Apr 28 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. My child is very advanced. Can she skip a grade, and if so, should I notify the superintendent’s office? A. If your child is advanced in all subjects at her present grade level, you could skip a grade. The Notice of Intent does not include information about grade level, so you can file the […]

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Days and Hours

Posted on Apr 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Are homeschoolers required to follow the public-school required days and hours of instruction? A. In 22.1-254 (A) the law says in part that parents shall homeschool “…during the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as public schools.” However, the […]

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Testing with the PSAT, SAT, or ACT

Posted on Apr 7 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Why would the PSAT, SAT or ACT not qualify for a homeschooler’s standardized achievement test? A. The PSAT, SAT, and ACT provide different types of information than a standardized achievement test. The homeschool law states that a parent must submit the results of a standardized achievement test or an independent evaluation each year. Standardized […]

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Testing Subsections

Posted on Apr 1 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What parts of a standardized achievement test should my child take in order to satisfy the testing requirement? A. The law requires a “composite score” in or above the fourth stanine (23rd percentile) in order to continue homeschooling. A composite score is made up of the mathematics and language arts portions of a standardized […]

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Superintendents’ Addresses

Posted on Mar 26 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Where do I send the results of a standardized achievement test or evaluation? A. If you complied with the homeschool law 22.1-254.1 by filing a Notice of Intent or writing a letter to your division superintendent, you should send your test results or evaluation letter to the same person–your local superintendent or his designee. […]

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