Homeschooling Moms

amandae21
Standardized testing (esp. in GA but not necessarily)
March 31, 2013 at 11:32 PM

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.

Replies

  • somuchlove4U
    March 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM
    You could try your local school and sign up with them. Are you apart of a Homeschool group? If so they may have someone who can administer the test.
  • romacox
    by romacox
    April 1, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    The Georgia State Home School Association has a list of test suppliers on their website


  • KickButtMama
    April 1, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    I know several teachers who offer to oversee standardized tests for a fee. I'm not in GA, but you could see about a teacher who might be willing. 

    I found a list of testing sites by googling Standardized Testing Sites in GA.


  • Beachmama34
    April 2, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    We are in Ga and we will do ours with the homeschool co-op.  CHART.  It is based in Thomasville, Ga. If you are close. Good luck!

  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    April 2, 2013 at 1:30 AM
    I am in Texas, we aren't required to test but some parents chose to test & they buy the test strait from the Texas Education Department & administer them their selves.
    I read the testing requirements you have to do & if I where you I would find a test that you meet the administration requirements for & use it.
  • lucsch
    by lucsch
    April 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I saw on the news that teachers were boosting scores in the public schools by erasing answers and remarking them. There is a big cheating scandal in Georgia over this. I wonder if this will make them crack down on the testing procedures even more.

    I'm thankful we do not have to test in Indiana.

  • PinkButterfly66
    April 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    I believe you can have the guidance councellor of your neighborhood public school be a proctor.  Your child will have to take the test on school property, though.

  • Prayerlion
    April 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM
    Go to www.ghea.org. This is a very helpful site for Georgia homeschoolers. There is a test called CAT, California Achievement Test that parents can administer and return which does not require you to have a drgree. Hope this helps.
  • sha_lyn68
    April 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Are you certain that you need to test this year? Yearly testing is not required in GA. The law is every 3 years starting in 3rd grade. You can order the CAT5 or the Teranova through Thurber's : http://www.thurbers.net/thurbers.net/Homeschool_California_Achievement_Testing.html    if your child is 8th grade or below, you can order the PASS from Hewitt: https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Testing/tMain.aspx

    Many homeschool groups in GA use someone certified to test through BJU. You can use the tester locator to find someone in your area: https://www.bjupress.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TesterLocatorView?langId=-1&storeId=16052&catalogId=10151&krypto=YrOhnMOiN%2FAkmk3bxHG9Jw%3D%3D&ddkey=http:TesterLocatorView

  • Kerseygeek
    April 5, 2013 at 12:40 AM
    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.

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