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.
by KickButtMamaApril 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.
by Beachmama34April 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!
by usmom3April 2, 2013 at 1:30 AMI 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.
by lucschApril 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.
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.
by PrayerlionApril 3, 2013 at 9:58 AMGo 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.
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
by KerseygeekApril 5, 2013 at 12:40 AMA 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.