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What Do the Test Scores Mean?
Volume 40, Program 35
10/25/2002
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Now that I have my standardized test scores back what do they mean? Mike Smith helps you out on today's Home School Heartbeat.

    Mike Smith:

    Most homeschooling parents know their children's academic strengths and weaknesses very well. Assessing the complete academic achievement in all subject areas of any child with a single test is impossible. Standardized tests can help parents pinpoint weak spots in a child's skill levels, but it is an imperfect tool.

    Standardized tests are scored in several ways. Make sure you're familiar with the method your testing uses. It will save you a lot of frustration when the results come in the mail.

    According to homeschool mom and writer Debra Bell, parents should also use caution putting too much stock in the test score of an elementary age student. Test scores of young students tend to be all over the map until they reach about the fifth grade.

    In most cases the test scores will affirm what you have already concluded. When they don't, use caution in weighing them to heavily. A low score in math may not mean your child is behind. I may also mean he was taught math differently than the test presented it.

    Don't let the test determine how you view your child's academic potential. Motivation and hard work will test best when it really counts: Out in the real world. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.

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