Our Odd Week in Review: Standardized Love Standardized Hate

Evidence of progress, oh how I loathe thee. You do not measure creativity, compassion or thirst to learn, yet I'm forced to bend to your will. 

In the lovely state of Virginia we have to turn in "evidence of progress" at the end of the year by way of either a standardized test or an evaluation from a certified teacher.  

The last time we attempted an evaluation, our psychologist apologized that he would not be able to complete it because Matt wouldn't remove himself from the fetal position on the couch and refused to make eye contact.

Sure, that was five years ago and Matt has made a TON of progress since then, but when I provided him with the choice, he elected to take the test. That leads me to our odd week; the week in which I was reminded why standardized test are SO WRONG for the public school system and just how individual every child really is.

But first....In my life this week

Who am I kidding, I've had no life this week other than wrapping my mind around how we are going to tackle our end of year needs and working with the kids. So let's just get to it.

In our homeschool this week

I paid for and scheduled Stanford 10 testing for Matt and Ema. I then paid for practice materials and set them both down to take their first, short, 25 question practice test. Matt flew through his and Ema was in tears before she even got through the first reading question.

:::::BRICK WALL::::

She does NOT test well. It's just not happening. The child curled up and read Little Women in one afternoon, but the test is like a hungry tiger breathing down her instincts kick in telling her to run away.

Well, Fuddernucker! 

So now I have to schedule an evaluation for Ema. Schedule an evaluation when Adam is available so the I don't have to bring the other two kids along. 

And really, how weird is going to look to the school district when I turn in one standardized test and one evaluation. Sigh...

Such is the life of doing what is best for each child and tailoring and education that works for them. 

Psstt...In case you were wondering where Ali was all week....she was soaking up Math Seeds and "read" about 30 books. She was pretty awesome at educating herself this week during all of the chaos.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I have learned that the practice test are great way to find gaps that you may have missed. Such as the fact that even though Matt test at the high school level on letsgolearn.com for language arts, he scored 0% right on expository critique. Even if you despise the core reasoning for the test like I do, they can be useful.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Still counting down the days until our first trip to Kings Dominion; 7 more to go!

My favorite thing this week was…

Watching the kids crack up laughing at the fake "Arnold" (I'll be back) while listening to our Audible version of Grammar Smart Junior.

My kiddos favorite thing this week was…

Map work. They couldn't get enough. I told you were odd. 

Things I’m working on…

Ummm, finding my zen happy place after all of the testing stress and determining the best time to pour my first glass of wine for the day.

Ending the week off with gratitude for...

My awesome hubs who has spent hours this week after work tilling for our garden.