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 have available. There are several other testing options you may want to consider based on the following reasons:
- Homeschooled students are required to take only the language arts and mathematics portions of a standardized achievement test. However, if your child tests with a local public school, all sections of the test, including history and science, will be given.
- Your child will be in a new environment, and he may be intimidated by this new situation or the students he doesn’t know or an unfamiliar teacher—all of which could impact his concentration and test score.
- The test results will go directly to the school, not to you. If your child should happen to score lower than expected, you will not have an opportunity to retest.