General Testing

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Does the State of Oklahoma require testing for homeschoolers?

No, the State does not require homeschoolers to be tested unless they decide to return to public school. Since Oklahoma law does not set specific requirements for testing of homeschooled students, parents are free to make their own decisions about whether, how, and when to test their children.

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Why test?

Since homeschooling parents work closely with their students, they have a good idea of how the students are progressing in their education. Therefore, some parents choose not to give their children standardized tests. However, for many parents, the standardized test provides the confirmation needed to boost confidence in their abilities to evaluate their children's progress. Some parents might discover an area they didn't realize needed more attention. And having a cumulative record of test scores is one way to provide credibility in the unlikely event the authorities contact you about your homeschool. (Note: This evidence should not be volunteered to these authorities nor shown to them unless it becomes necessary in a court case.) Testing periodically throughout a student's home education gives him or her experience with formal tests, which he or she will almost certainly encounter at some point in his life. Colleges require entrance exams, and there will be other situations calling for testing, including job applications. This familiarity with test taking will result in a better test score for him or her as it eliminates some of the test anxiety that might otherwise be encountered.

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How may a homeschooled child be tested?

(Check websites for full information.)

  1. Christian Liberty Academy Achievement Testing Service
    You may administer the California Achievement Test (1970 edition) to your own child. http://www.class-homeschools.org/class/services.htm, E-mail custserv@homeschools.org
    (847) 259-4444 - CLASS Customer Service
  2. Bob Jones Testing and Evaluation
    Parents may order the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, the Stanford, and other tests. A qualified tester must administer these tests.
    http://www.bjup.com/services/, (800) 845-5731 or (864) 242-5100, ext. 3300
    testing@bjup.com
  3. Family Learning Organization offers the California Achievement Test and the Metropolitan Achievement Test
    (509) 467-2552, http://www.familylearning.org/, homeschool@familylearning.org.
  4. Bayside School Services offers the California Achievement Test
    (252) 441-5351, (800) 723-3057, http://www.baysideschoolservices.com/, testinghq@usa.net.
  5. Hewitt Homeschooling Resources offers the PASS Test (written for home educators. Norms are based on national populations as well as home educated populations.)
    (360) 835-8708

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Are there other testing possibilities?

Check with local Christian or private schools to see if they will allow your student to take achievement tests with their students. Some support groups organize achievement testing for their member families.

OKC
Christian Heritage Academy - Standford Achievement Test for students completing grades 2-11. For information call 405-516-5095.

Tulsa
Oral Roberts University - Metropolitan Achievement Testing for grades K-12. For info or application to register, contact Dr. Gweth Holzmann, 918-495-6466, gholzmann@oru.edu.

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