Wednesday, May 20, 2009

So proud

Stephanie took this test. This is the test that is given to show competence in Math and Reading at varying grades, Steph took the third grade test. This is not required by the state of Florida, for home schoolers, but we wanted to see how she tested against other third graders. I must admit, I was a little apprehensive, much like I was in the past when I had a classroom full of fifth graders sitting down to take it. I knew they knew it, I knew she knew it.

This of course was a little more personal, since I seemed to feel it would be my fault if she was tested on material I had not taught. Now, without sounding biased, she is an awesome student. She loves to learn, some days I have to remind myself and her of this, especially when the outside is calling her name.

So, I printed the test off the Internet. Did not look at it, I was worried I would do some "last minute" teaching just so she would remember. She had absolutely NO test anxiety. She flew through the math yesterday and scored a 4 out of 5. She was three questions from the cutoff, and it just so happens there were three questions that I had not covered. Today, she took the reading test. She came out beaming from her testing room, handed me the paper and said, that was easy. Well, I guess it was since she got a 5 out of a high score of 5. Shoot howdy! My girl is just fine.

Imagine, we learned all this extra stuff like Colonial times, Pioneer times, read countless books, went on numerous camping trips/field trips, besides a plethora of other topics...and she learned what the state requires. Hmm....I am a state certified educator, so glad for my friends and colleagues who are still in the system, for there might be a day where God leads me back there and my kids will go with me, but for now....Oh, I am so glad we home school.

9 comments:

Jeanne said...

Holy crack-a-donkey!!! I am SO proud of you for giving her the test! I am even more proud of her for a 4 and a 5. That test is no joke right there. Man howdy donkey hookie (in the words of Jake). That is amazing!!!!!

The Light's, party of 4 said...

So proud!!! You've done a great job with the smartie and she has been a great student. I'm so motivated and excited about what all of children's future's will be. It is a great time in our lives, isn't it? Congrats Steph!! Your Aunt Jen is shouting for you.

The Russ Family said...

That's awesome. Our scores are supposed to come back tomorrow. I am so anxious!!

The Cannon Chronicles said...

Way to go Stephanie, what an accomplishment!!! Way to go Jill, she couldn't have done it without you!

Tiffany said...

Great job! I've seen that test and it is not easy. Particularly the math. My daughter took the CAT 5 this year, it was our first ever standardized test. I liked seeing how she measured up to other kids her age.
BTW--I was/am also an educator--I taught high school math!

lori said...

So can you homeschool Ethan for me.

Luke said...

Congratulations... both of you [smile]. Isn't it nice to get confirmation for ourselves that homeschooling works? Love it. Keep up the great work!

~Luke

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Proof that homeschooling can be done correctly and effectively! Way to go!

Xandra

Leslie said...

Way to go Steph! Just shows that they could let teachers make school more fun again and the kids would do just fine. I always thought you were a great teacher. Those girls sure are lucky...