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by Yvonne Bunn

Portfolio Evaluation

Posted on Mar 13 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I evaluate my child’s portfolio and send the evaluation letter to the superintendent? A. A portfolio is not mentioned in the homeschool law; however, it could fall under the category of an independent evaluation. In lieu of a test, you can have a portfolio evaluated by a person licensed to teach in any […]

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Testing If Beginning Mid-Year

Posted on Feb 20 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I just started homeschooling. Am I required to send test scores to the superintendent by August 1?   A. Yes, if you complied with the homeschool law by filing a “Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction” form or by writing a letter, you are required to provide evidence of progress by August 1 […]

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Public School Testing

Posted on Feb 6 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a child who needs help with reading comprehension. Can I have him tested through the public schools? A. Public schools will only provide an evaluation and/or services for students enrolled in their schools, so you will need to have his reading skills evaluated privately. The only publicly funded service that may sometimes be […]

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When to Test

Posted on Jan 23 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. When should homeschoolers test? A. If you decide to use a standardized achievement test, the law requires you to provide a composite test score in or above the fourth stanine (23 percentile) by August 1 each year (§22.1-254.1 (C). It’s up to each parent to decide when testing takes place. Some parents test early […]

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Test Administrator

Posted on Jan 16 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: A friend told me that testing must be done by a certified teacher. Does it have to be a Virginia certified teacher? A: An achievement test may be administered by a number of different people, depending on the test you use. Each test publisher or company includes information about the test and who can […]

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Transcript and Testing Information

Posted on Sep 11 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q: On a high school transcript, should I indicate that my special-needs teen took a special type of achievement test or should I list the name of the test? The transcript may be used for college admissions.   A: Achievement test results are not included on a high school transcript. They are required by the […]

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Grade Placement

Posted on Aug 5 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I place my child at the correct level for the upcoming year? Can I use an achievement test? A. Correct placement in the core skill subjects — language arts and mathematics – can be very helpful, but not always necessary. It will show strengths and weaknesses and identify learning gaps. I would […]

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Testing Low in One Section

Posted on Jul 2 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’m in a panic! My student scored below the 23rd percentile on one section of a standardized test. What should I do? A. A student may score below the 23rd percentile on one or more sections of a standardized achievement test and still be okay. The composite score is the most important score for the purpose of […]

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Stanines, Percentiles, and Grade Equilavents

Posted on May 9 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What are stanines, percentiles, and grade equilavent scores? A. STANINE SCORES Stanine is short for standard nine. A stanine score ranges from a low of 1 to a high of 9; therefore, the name “stanine.” For instance, a stanine score of  1, 2, or 3 is below average;  4, 5, or 6 is average; and 7, […]

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Testing If Behind in One Subject

Posted on Mar 29 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. My two elementary-age children did not do well in math, so I put them back one grade level in math when we began homeschooling in  September. They are doing well in other subjects. Do I have to test them for grade appropriate math? A. Yes, I suggest you test them at the appropriate grade […]

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Testing History

Posted on Mar 21 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. How do I know what type of history my child should be reviewing for the end-of-year test? A. Homeschool students are NOT required to take the history and science portions of a standardized achievement test. They must take only those parts of the test necessary for determining a composite score, namely the language arts […]

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Practice Achievement Tests

Posted on Mar 16 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’m concerned about my child’s performance on a standardized achievement test. Can you recommend a practice test? A. Testing jitters are contagious this time of year! You’re not alone. Parents new to the world of testing often want to know the kinds of questions on achievement tests, and wonder if they have covered the […]

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Physical Ed Requirements

Posted on Mar 8 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What are the physical education requirements for homeschoolers, and how do homeschoolers meet them? A. Although the Virginia law (§22.1-200) requires that specific subjects are taught in public schools–including physical education at the elementary level–these subjects are NOT required to be taught by homeschoolers. The Virginia homeschool law makes no reference to required subjects. […]

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Testing A Kindergartner

Posted on Feb 22 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Am I required to test my kindergarten child if I notified my superintendent last fall that we would begin homeschooling? A. Testing a kindergarten student does not depend on whether you notified or did not notify your superintendent. It depends on the age of your child last September 30th when the school year began. […]

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Schools Offering Spring Testing Clarification

Posted on Jan 31 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Note: This was received in response to the “School District Offers Testing–What Are My Options?” Q&A published last week. I would like to clarify the section on ‘schools offering spring testing as an option’. We offer testing, at no cost, as an ‘option’ and a service to our homeschool families. It is true that we do […]

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School District Offers Testing—What Are My Options?

Posted on Jan 19 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I received a letter from my school district offering testing in April for my homeschooler. Is this a good option? What are my other choices? A. Homeschooling parents are required to submit the results of a standardized achievement test or independent evaluation by August 1 each year if they have complied with §22.1-254.1 of […]

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Low Test Scores

Posted on Jun 15 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If my child’s achievement test scores were low this year, should I test him again? What test scores are within the acceptable range for my school district? A. A score in or above the 23rd percentile is acceptable in ALL school districts for homeschooled students. If your scores were above the 23rd percentile, you […]

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Using PSAT Scores Instead of Standardized Achievement Test Scores

Posted on Apr 13 2011 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I submit my high school student’s PSAT score instead of a standardized achievement test score? A. Although I am aware of a few superintendents who have accepted PSAT or SAT scores during the high school years, these tests are not considered standardized achievement tests as described in §22.1-254.1 (C). Standardized achievement tests such […]

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