Some states require testing of homeschoolers and some do not. Some states ask homeschoolers to prepare a portfolio of work and some do not. You can check your state’s homeschooling laws by starting HERE.
If you live in an area that dictates the method, there may not be much that you can do to avoid having to prepare your child for a test or put a grouping of school work together.
What you can do in some areas, however, is choose the method that best represents your child.
What does this mean?
If homeschoolers in your state are given the option to test or prepare a portfolio of school work, choose the method that you believe will present your child in the best light. If choosing the portfolio, remember that it needn’t contain only papers; other projects count, too.
If homeschoolers are given the option to select from several different tests, choose the test that you believe will render the best results. Better yet, practice several tests at home, and then test using the one on which your child scored highest.
This method is neither illegal (as long as you follow your state’s laws) nor unethical. It may best be illustrated by thinking of the process of putting together a resume, completing a job application, or writing a college essay. Who wouldn’t want to package themselves in the best possible way? Evaluations for homeschoolers are no different.
Children are all unique and homeschoolers are all different. There is nothing wrong with showcasing your child’s very best work or greatest talents. Parents of public, private and homeschooled students everywhere do the very same thing.
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