“To Test or Not to Test”

Is testing within homeschool environments a necessity? I’m often asked this question and at times I ponder over my response. To be honest, I think that whether or not to administer weekly or quarterly tests while homeschooling depends on the homeschool environment (relaxed or structured). Weekly or quarterly testing might prove helpful in more “relaxed” homeschool environments just to be certain that each student is absorbing and retaining the information as presented. Students who are homeschooled in more structured environments with more hands-on, parent lead lessons tend to require less testing because the parent often recognizes educational challenges as soon as they arise. Remember that “testing” can mean many things. It can be as simple as having a conversation with your kiddo about a specific topic or as structured as creating a document, labeling it “TEST”…and giving your kiddo a certain amount of time in which to complete it. In the end, there’s really no right or wrong way to determine student progress, only the way that works best for your family!

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