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    I homeschool my daughters and want to give them some standardized tests to see how they are doing realtive to that type of testing. They have been using Memoria Press curriculums for many years. They are in the 4th grade and 6th grade. What tests do you recommend and where is a good place to buy them? Thanks!

    #2
    Hello.

    We give the ITBS at Highlands Latin. But we only do the math and language parts of the test - not science or social studies.

    Tanya

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      #3
      Thank you very much for the reply. Do you know a good place where I can purchase the tests? I really appreciate it.

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        #4
        My sister and I always get them through Seton Testing. I'm not sure off the top of my head if that is .com or .org.
        Margaret of Georgia, in west TN – Enginerd’s wife and Mama

        2019-2020 · 8th MP Year, 9th Homeschooling
        Trekking along at a student self-pace...
        DD Summer 2009 · 5th
        DD Summer 2011 · SC4
        DS Summer 2014 · JrK/K
        DD Summer 2017 · Pre
        DS …EDD 11/2019

        Memoria Scholé Academy
        Blog: Creative Madness Mama
        CherryBlossomMJ

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          #5
          Originally posted by cshannon View Post
          I homeschool my daughters and want to give them some standardized tests to see how they are doing realtive to that type of testing. They have been using Memoria Press curriculums for many years. They are in the 4th grade and 6th grade. What tests do you recommend and where is a good place to buy them? Thanks!
          We've given our children standardized tests a couple of times, and we were pleased with Affordable Homeschool Testing. They use the MAP test, and like Tanya mentioned, it was only math and language.

          We aren't required to test in KY, but it was a)good practice for my kids, b)showed me that they have some test anxiety/perfectionism issues, and c) it was a marker for things we need to work on, as well as VALIDATION for hard work in others.

          Plans for 2019-20

          DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
          DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
          DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
          DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
          DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
          DS6 - 5 - MP K

          [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

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            #6
            Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post

            ...it was a marker for things we need to work on, as well as VALIDATION for hard work in others.
            I could use some of that validation.

            Margaret of Georgia, in west TN – Enginerd’s wife and Mama

            2019-2020 · 8th MP Year, 9th Homeschooling
            Trekking along at a student self-pace...
            DD Summer 2009 · 5th
            DD Summer 2011 · SC4
            DS Summer 2014 · JrK/K
            DD Summer 2017 · Pre
            DS …EDD 11/2019

            Memoria Scholé Academy
            Blog: Creative Madness Mama
            CherryBlossomMJ

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              #7
              Originally posted by CherryBlossomMJ View Post

              I could use some of that validation.
              Well ---- the last time we took the test, it was close to the same time we were having them evaluated for dyslexia, etc. So, it was a ROUGH place to be in, to see their reading performance. Even though I already knew it -- meaning, the information from the tests certainly wasn't a surprise.

              This year was a whole new ball game. I sat down and cried when I got the results this time -- not because they were bad, or behind, but because their reading scores were AMAZING. Very, very thankful. I even called the company to make sure the scores were correct.
              Plans for 2019-20

              DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
              DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
              DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
              DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
              DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
              DS6 - 5 - MP K

              [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

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                #8
                Thanks very much for the replies! For those who use the ITBS, do you use Form A or E?

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                  #9
                  I'm in NC where we're required to test yearly.

                  Some years I've paid big bucks for Woodcock-Johnson because I needed specific results so I knew how to move forward.

                  Other years, I've used the CAT from setontesting.com.

                  Last year, we moved in the spring and I TOTALLY FORGOT to order the CAT tests. My girls ended up doing the Stanford Online Achievement Test (also through Seton testing), since I didn't have to wait for the test to arrive in the mail. This was my least favorite since it was computerized.

                  There are lots of options!
                  Mama to 5 Sweet Ones

                  2019-2020:
                  9th grade DS: At a University-Model School this year plus Henle I at home
                  7th grade DD: Mostly 7M Core and MPOA SFL
                  5th grade DD: 5M
                  3rd Grade DD: The one that doesn't fit nicely in a core ;) R&S 3rd Grade Math and Grammar, TS II, Prima, some MP2&3 Lit, CSII, Mammals
                  2 yo DS Pudding Pie

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                    #10
                    My eldest just took the ITBS Form E. We took it through BJU Press: https://www.bjupresshomeschool.com/c...online-testing and had a great experience. Both my daughter and I learned things, such as standardized testing doesn’t have to be scary, how to take a test online and we can sit for 2.5 hours if required. I had the pleasure of sitting next to her and reading the problems as she took the test. It was encouraging to watch her solve math problems that hadn’t been specifically covered in Rod & Staff yet but the foundational skills were in place. We did take the science and social studies portions, mostly because I didn’t know how to opt out of them. We haven’t received our results yet, but I found it to be a valuable experience for the time and money we spent on it.
                    Heidi

                    2018-19
                    dd- 3m
                    ds- SC 1
                    dd- SC B

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                      #11
                      We do IOWA and order from Seton as well. It was nerve-wracking the first time, but my daughter felt so much pride at feeling like she knew so many answers. I was especially surprised at the things she did well on in the social studies portion, even though we did zero curriculum on that. I don't know if we just happened to pick a few books from the library or whether all good parents who teach manners and social responsibility will have kids who do well on that part, but it was fun all the same.

                      We have to report to our state annually, so I do the cheapest and most thorough. I liked that it had multiple modalities of testing, visual only (students read), auditory only (proctor reads but there is no question for the student to read) and combined where they listen and read along with you. She also got some awareness of filling in dark marks, how to change your answer (erase fully), not make stray marks in a test booklet, and use her time and scratch paper effectively.
                      Mama to 2, Married 17 years

                      SY 19/20
                      DD 8-3A
                      DS 5-SC C

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                        #12
                        My kids love standardized testing. They call it "bubble school" and look forward to the break from their regular academics.
                        We test during Holy Week, and we'll do testing, Latin, math, and violin, and then call it a day. It's nice to have a lighter work load in a week when we have a lot at church/home in preparation for Easter.
                        Amanda
                        Mama to three crazy boys - 6A, 5A, 1

                        "Non nisi te, Domine. Non nisi te" - St. Thomas Aquinas

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by tanya View Post
                          Hello.

                          We give the ITBS at Highlands Latin. But we only do the math and language parts of the test - not science or social studies.

                          Tanya
                          Specifically, which test does ITBS do (A or E)? And how do you not do the science or social studies? Will MP allow parents to order these tests?
                          Melissa

                          DS (MP2) - 8
                          DS (MP1) - 7
                          DS (K) - 5
                          DD (Adorable distraction) 2

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                            #14
                            Seton Testing is in our state, and they have been phenomenal. They ship across the US as a test rental. The "Iowa" is the ITBS, btw. We are trying ITBS Form E this year. We picked early June as a test week so we can brush up on some things we didn't get around to. I enjoy it, and so does my eldest. I do the SS and science part, but if you don't want the results printed for the state, don't do that portion. There is a for-pay option I think where you can get mailed just the math and LA portion if you want the SS and science scored but not submitted. Also, you have every right to black out unrelated scores when submitting them to your state. Otherwise, just don't do that portion.
                            Mama to 2, Married 17 years

                            SY 19/20
                            DD 8-3A
                            DS 5-SC C

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by MBentley View Post

                              Specifically, which test does ITBS do (A or E)? And how do you not do the science or social studies? Will MP allow parents to order these tests?
                              Good afternoon Melissa,

                              At HLS, we use Form A, though we plan to switch to Form G once the ITBS completely discontinues Form A (which they are in the process of doing). In order to only take the math and language arts portion of the ITBS, choose the Survey Battery as opposed to the Complete Battery. Finally, you will need to go through a school or testing service to obtain the exam.

                              HTH!
                              Michael
                              Memoria Press

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