Monday, May 5, 2008

Standardized Tests

It's a stressful week in our household due to the thing that I hate most - standardized tests. New York State law states that homeschoolers in grades K-8 must submit a standardized test every other year. In grades 9-12 it's every year.

The problem with this law is that I have a 9th grader who has learning disabilities and his levels are all over the place. We are doing 5/6th grade math. He is at about a 5th grade reading level. Writing and spelling skills are even lower. So Nathan is taking the 9th grade Iowa Standardized Test and basically does not know anything he is being tested on.

He does have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) so there are modifications I can do with him. For example, I can read most of the test to him, except vocabulary and reading comprehension. However, even reading it is not going to help him with the math portion.

A friend of ours who is a special education teacher in the public school was expressing her frustration as well. She said it's a horrible feeling to watch these students taking a test on material that they don't know.

Anyway, pray for us this week. We can sure use it! Next week I'm testing Stephen & Emily but they will be a lot easier.