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January 30, 2008



That is also how we approach testing. Our state requires either testing or a narrative by a certified teacher. OK, so I'm a tightwad, and get the handy-dandy CAT for a mere $25 from Seton.

But when it comes to sitting down to do it, my kids know that this is just another learning experience, and something they will have to do on occasion during their lives- so they color in the dots nice and neat and dark, resisting the urge to create a pointellated Rorshach, and be done with each section before the timer goes off. They think it is weird but fun.

Amy Cortez

Our state requires "proof" that the child's academic progress for the year is in accordance with the child's ability. Then requires a portfolio review, a written narrative or a standardized test score. We always use the written narrative option, but we still take a standardized test CAT5 typically, since grade 3. This helped to prepare my student for the idea of standardized testing and when he took the PSAT this past fall it was "easy".

We look at standardized tests as a necessary evil and someone else's idea of what a student might have learned. It's just another exercise in learning about the world at our house.

Amy Cortez

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