Originally Posted by aliadam
I know I've talked many times about how I have two good friends who homeschooled. One of them homeschooled all the way till high school graduation. So her DD that's the same age as mine never went to school until college. And the other mom homeschooled through JR High, and then the kids started HS. BOTH of them still gave their kids standardized tests. They liked knowing that their kids were on track and used it as a guide to see if there were special areas they needed to concentrate on.
But as to me.....both of my kids took the ISTEP (Indiana's test) most years and in the years they didn't the school system gave them another test. I always enjoyed seeing the results to see how my kids were doing.
The standardized tests are one of the main reasons I am pulling my younger two out of school. In Texas, we have the TAKS. Teachers' salaries and bonuses are tied to how the kids perform in some districts. For about 6 weeks leading up to the test, all the kids do is take previous tests as practice. Pathetic.
When I homeschool, I do plan on giving mine the IOWA tests. However, I will not teach to it.