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.