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Is Standardized Testing Necessary?

If you’ve read my post No testing?! then you already know that we don’t test in our homeschool.  Thankfully, here in Nova Scotia, testing and/or standardized testing isn’t required.  In the Public School system, students take standardized tests in Grades 3, 6, 9, and 12.  I am glad my children don’t have to take days filling out little dots.  Even worse, are the weeks that are spent in the classroom prior to each test, “teaching to the test”.

My children will be taking the SATs as they near the end of their high school years however, which, along with a portfolio, transcript, and diploma (prepared by me), they can submit for college or university admittance.  In the meantime, I am glad that they can simply experience the joy of learning, every day.

Here is a favourite article of mine, regarding standardized tests:  Standardized Testing and its Victims by Alfie Kohn

Read more thoughts on Standardized Testing in the homeschool HERE.

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Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.