EVALUATIONS & TESTING

STANDARDIZED TESTING

Enlightium Academy recommends regular standardized testing to allow the administration team and parents to compare students’ scores to the national average for continual improvement.

The Stanford 10 is a set of standardized achievement tests used for assessing children’s skills in English, math, history, and science. Standardized tests are designed to demonstrate to the parents and students whether the child is performing at the grade-appropriate and age-appropriate levels. The test also demonstrates the performance of the class, which helps the school assess the effectiveness of its teaching methods. The results will help Enlightium Academy (Enlightium) administration identify and address areas of strength and areas needing improvement to better serve our students. Enlightium offers the Stanford 10 annual assessment to students in grades 3-10 and requires that students take the Stanford 10 in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10.

This next Stanford 10 testing window is scheduled for April 22-23, 2021. 

We encourage all Enlightium students in grades 3-10 to take the Stanford 10 standardized test. The test results will not affect their current grades at Enlightium Academy. 11th graders are highly recommended to take the PSAT/NMSQT or SAT. 12th graders should take SAT through College Board, if they have not done so already.

*Families should review their state’s requirements prior to opting out. See “Regulations by State” for more details.

Stanford 10 Expectations by Grade Level
Grade Level Stanford 10 Requirements / Availability at Enlightium Academy
PreK–2 Enlightium Academy does not offer the Stanford 10 for primary school students. Please note that many states require a standardized assessment (see state requirements below)
3rd Grade Recommended by Enlightium Academy
Review state requirements to ensure testing is not required annually in your state
4th Grade Required by Enlightium Academy
5th Grade Recommended by Enlightium Academy
Review state requirements to ensure testing is not required annually in your state
6th Grade Required by Enlightium Academy
7th Grade Recommended by Enlightium Academy
Review state requirements to ensure testing is not required annually in your state
8th Grade

Required by Enlightium Academy
The PSAT 8/9 through College Board would also satisfy an annual standardized testing

9th Grade Recommended by Enlightium Academy
Review state requirements to ensure testing is not required annually in your state. The PSAT 8/9 through College Board would also satisfy the annual standardized testing
10th Grade Required by Enlightium Academy
The PSAT 10 through College Board would also satisfy an annual standardized testing
11th Grade The Stanford 10 is not offered for students in 11th grade. Students in 11th grade should plan on taking the PSAT/NMSQT, SAT or ACT
12th Grade The Stanford 10 is not offered for students in 12th grade. Students in 12th grade should plan to take the SAT or ACT if they have not previously taken either test
Watch this video for a complete walkthrough of the testing process.

Regulations by State

Families are encouraged to remain aware of their state’s homeschooling requirements. According to propublica.org, the states listed have assessment regulations for homeschooling students as of March 2020. Students living in these states, as well as all other Enlightium students in grades 3-10, are invited to take the Stanford 10 at Enlightium Academy. Each family should conduct research for additional details and recommendations about taking an annual assessment in their state.

Regulations by State
Colorado Periodic assessment or evaluation
District of Columbia Evaluation only upon request
Florida Annual assessment or evaluation
Georgia Periodic assessment with no ramifications
Hawaii Periodic assessment or evaluation
Louisiana Annual assessment or evaluation
Maine Annual assessment or evaluation with no ramifications
Maryland Periodic evaluation
Massachusetts Varies by district
Minnesota Annual assessment with no ramifications
New Hampshire Annual assessment or evaluation with no ramifications
New York Annual assessment or evaluation
North Carolina Annual assessment or evaluation with no ramifications
North Dakota Periodic assessment or evaluation. Allows for philosophical, moral, or religious exemption if the parent meets certain educational qualifications
Ohio Annual assessment or evaluation
Oregon Periodic assessment with no ramifications. Parents are not required to submit scores to the district unless they are requested
Pennsylvania Annual evaluation and periodic testing
South Carolina Annual assessment
South Dakota Periodic assessment
Tennessee Periodic assessment
Vermont Annual assessment or evaluation
Virginia Annual assessment or evaluation. Allows for philosophical, moral, or religious exemption if the parent meets certain educational qualifications
Washington Annual assessment or evaluation with no ramifications

Assessment Cost

There is a $50 fee to take the Stanford 10 for students in the Bronze, Silver, or Silver Premium tuition support packages.

Contact Information

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If you have questions about your state’s standardized test requirements, research your state’s laws or ask other Enlightium Academy families on the Enlightium Family Alliance page on Facebook.

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