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Subject: HSLDA Home school children research
Date Posted: 6/23/2008 4:47 PM ET
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Did anyone participate this year? It seems HSLDA is collecting test scores this year to show the ability of home schooled children. The information came with our test this year (we did the CAT from Seton) and we opted in.

Did anyone else? Or did you opt not to participate?


Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:18 AM ET
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Guess I'm the only one! =D

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 8:57 PM ET
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Is this for HSLDA members only?  We've never been members, but we do std. testing each year.


Date Posted: 7/1/2008 7:11 PM ET
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I'm a member, but haven't been contacted about it.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 9:20 PM ET
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Hi there!

The current issue of HSLDA's Court Report magazine (May/June 2008) has an article about this study on page 29. 

Here's the general idea:  The last time a large-scale study was done collecting data on homeschoolers was ten years ago in 1998.  HSLDA felt it was time for a new study so that critics could not discount our reported successes by saying that our data was old and no longer relevant.

The study is not just for HSLDA members.  They've partnered with with four testing services and the National Home Education Research Institute to try to reach as many homeschoolers as possible.  I haven't had time to check the site myself yet, but I'm sure they'll welcome any homeschoolers who are interested in participating.

According to the article, you'll find the survey at the following website:  www.nheri.org/study.

Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 10:13 PM ET
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No, you don't have to be a member of HSDL, we got that, and yes, we opted in.

I was almost scared to, lol, thinking my son's math scores might bring everyone down, but he did average on one part, and really stellar on the other.   His scores were good overall.  Whew.  :-)

Testing is so stressful ....FOR ME.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 10:48 PM ET
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Awesome thanks!! I hadn't read my issue yet, so hadn't seen it.

(((HUGS))) Kristie! We are just starting our 2nd year of homeschooling and I absolutely HATED the testing we did in April. I'm glad though that since our state does have to test, they only require the math and reading portions. It just took a couple of hours and we were done for the year.


Date Posted: 7/2/2008 11:48 AM ET
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Okay can I ask what is going to sound like a stupid question.  We have never tested, our state doesn't require it but I would kind of like to do it just so I know where my kids are at especially my 8th grader.  Is there a company that you can go through or do you need to go through the schools?



Date Posted: 7/2/2008 12:43 PM ET
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If you (or your spouse) have a 4 year degree, you can test your own children using the IOWA Basic Skills test - which you can sign up for through Bob Jones.  The information should be on the Bob Jones website under 'testing'.



Date Posted: 7/2/2008 4:03 PM ET
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Here's the BJUP testing link:


I'm a registered test administrator for the ITBS and CogAT through BJUP.  They have list of registered testers on your area, if you don't qualify.

You can also use Seton Test Services:


For free, you can use the TAKS released tests to see where they stack up - according to TX's standards anyway:


Subject: Another source for testing
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 8:06 PM ET
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I also like Bayside Testing Services - the test report is fairly comprehensive.  I personally take issue with any testing company that wants to "ceritfy" me - I choose not to give them any authority in that area.

The testing reports from Bayside break down the specific skills, identify percentages, stanines and grade equivalencies.

Subject: no scores here
Date Posted: 7/15/2008 10:57 PM ET
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We didn't submit our scores.