This is our first year homeschooling and we have to take a standardized test. We are in Georgia.
The problem is, all the ITBS sites I've seen require the person giving the test to have a bachelors. DH and I don't have one. We have some friends that do as well as a couple of family members, but they all have jobs and lives/kids of their own... no time for a 5 hour standardized test.
Is there a "nationally recognized" test that doesn't require a bachelors?
Are there "testing sites" in GA? I haven't had any luck finding any.
A place in Alpharetta called LEO (Lifelong Educational Opportunity) offers the test in May. I don't remember if you can still sign up. It's $50 & lasts 3 days at 2hrs/day. My understanding is that the person has to be certified to give the test. I think a place called LEAD (don't know what it stands for) may offer it too. You can google both places along with the word homeschool & it should come up. Hope that helps.
No, the person giving the test does not need to be certified to give the stndardized test per GA law. Below is the section pertaining testing directly from the DOE website, I highlighted the portion that might have you thinking that certification is necessary. The parents need only to consult someone who is trained in administrating and interpreting the test. :
Students in home study programs shall be subject to an appropriate nationally standardized testing program administered in consultation with a person trained in the administration and interpretation of norm referenced tests. The student must be evaluated at least every three years beginning at the end of the third grade. Records of such tests shall be retained. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Pages/Home-Schools.aspx