Most homeschool families regularly question whether they are children are on the same level as their peers to go to public school. One with the answer this question is through standardized tests. Some states require standardized testing, while others don’t. If your state doesn’t require it, is testing something you should consider?
Homeschooling gives you the opportunity to engage with your children daily. You are able to answer their questions and expand on things that interest them. The best part of homeschooling is the ability to help them discover how to gain the knowledge they want and need in any subject matter while encouraging them and helping them. Your goal is to lead them as they learn how to learn. Most homeschool families want the children to enjoy learning so they become lifetime learners.
In my opinion, standardized testing is seriously flawed. Looking at the testing in public schools, we see that standardized testing has become a monster for students, teachers, and the families of those students. Students are taught to pass the tests, rather than talked for the learning itself. Teachers are given standards that are unreasonable and stress as the test gets closer. Families have to face the agony of their children going through this process of testing. More information can be found on this if you visit our website here.
Personally, I think standardized tests are a waste of time. I don’t believe they truly show where the child is academically. Instead, when we homeschool, we are able to focus more on how the child learns and we see the learning taking place in front of us. It’s not simply a matter of memorizing facts for them to regurgitate come test time. Even if you live in a state where testing is mandatory, my suggestion would be to still teach the way you normally would. You know that the test doesn’t actually measure how much the child is learned from one year to the next, but rather a measurement of how long the child can sit there and answer questions.
So, should you test your homeschooled child? Well, if your state requires it, that’s something you must do. Otherwise, my answer would be a resounding no.