Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is a standardized achievement test?
Standardized tests are assessment tools designed to be administered under specific guidelines which remain constant for all who take the test. This ensures fair and equitable comparison of scores to the established norms because all children are tested using the same rules.
These tests are designed to provide a level of difficulty such that the average student will not necessarily complete or correctly answer all the questions in a given section. Parents need not be alarmed when this is the case.
How do I know whether I am required to test?
Laws governing testing for homeschoolers vary by state. This information is available online from several sources: http://www.homeedmag.com or http://www.hslda.org or http://www.nhen.org. We encourage parents to verify this information in case recent changes have been made.
When should I do the testing?
State laws govern the required frequency of testing. If annual testing is required and results are not submitted to authorities – as in Washington State – testing can be done any time of year that is convenient for you. We suggest that you test approximately the same time each year. Since the peak testing season runs from March through June, 2-6 week delays in shipping orders and in processing scores are common during this period. For this reason, we encourage parents to order in advance if testing during this time. Advance orders may be placed for shipment later, if desired. Place orders at least 4-6 weeks before the desired testing week. Billing information will be processed immediately in order to reserve the appropriate shipping date.
How do I determine which grade test to use?
If there is some doubt as to what grade level work the child has mastered, age can be used to decide – choosing the usual grade level for public school children the same age. An important factor to consider is the effect on the child. For some, it is advisable to test at a slightly lower level rather than risk overwhelming the child with a test that is beyond his abilities. The FLO staff is available to discuss the options, but leaves the final decision to the parent/guardian. We encourage parents to research their state’s laws to ensure that all legal requirements are met.