EVALUATIONS & TESTING

STANDARDIZED TESTING

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

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 administration identify and address areas of strength and areas needing improvement to better serve our students.

This year the Stanford 10 testing window is April 22nd-24th, 2020. Each family with students in grades 3-10 needed to submit the Registration Form or the Opt Out Form* by Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 pm PT.  Registration is now closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

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.

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

 

Testing Dates and Times

Testing days for the 2019-2020 school year are Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Friday, April 24, 2020. Your family will select one of two testing windows during the registration process:

  • 9 am Pacific Time - 12 pm Pacific Time for all three days
  • 12:30 Pacific Time - 3:30 pm Pacific Time for all three days

printable checklist is available to families with steps to complete. Items on the checklist include, but are not limited to:

  1. Ensuring that an Adult Proctor will be present with the student for all three testing days for the duration of the assessment
  2. Preparing the computer that the student will be using for testing days
    1. Running a successful systems check, which ensures that the unique Pearson browser will run on the computer
    2. Downloading and successfully launching the Pearson browser, which will not allow the student to browse the Internet or run any other applications while testing
    3. Note: The technical steps are required to be completed prior to testing days. A $15 technical support fee will apply to any family who has not completed these steps prior to testing days. To ensure that your family has no technical issues, please review the resources found below, which will also be emailed to you. Additionally, you should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to testing days if you are unable to complete one or both technical steps

Select one option per student. Registration ends on Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 pm PT. Click here if you are unsure if your student needs to take the Stanford 10 through Enlightium Academy.

Assessment Cost

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

Click here for a further breakdown of tuition packages.

Stanford 10 Resources

Updates from the 2018-2019 Stanford 10

  • All families with students in grades 3-10 will need to submit either a Registration Form or Opt Out Form for each applicable student
  • Students will not have any assignments due for all three testing days
  • Streamlined registration form
  • Improved resources including a printable checklist
  • Families who have not completed the technical steps prior to testing days will be subject to a $15 technical support fee; this will increase the likelihood of all participants being ready to begin on time. This fee will be charged to the card on file on Friday, May 1
  • Bronze, Silver, and Silver Premium families will have the $50 testing fee charged to the card on file on Friday, May 1
  • Enlightium teachers will be further spread out to reduce noise

The Days of the Tests

  1. 30 minutes before testing
    1. Ensure that the Adult Proctor remains present for the entire duration of the testing (approximately 2–3 hours per day)
    2. Open the Pearson browser. You will not yet have the information to join the session
  2. About 15 minutes before testing
    1. You will receive a welcome email from your student’s Enlightium Proctor with a link to join a conference call; most Adult Proctors open this email from a smartphone, although you can use another Internet-connected device
    2. Click the link provided. You may have to download the zoom software. If you are given the option, choose to join by phone call
      1. Write down the phone number, Meeting ID, and Participant ID. If the call is dropped for any reason, you can use this information to call back in
      2. Call in using your cell phone and enter the Meeting ID and Participant ID when prompted
    3. The Enlightium Proctor will confirm that the student and the Adult Proctor are present and that you have the Pearson browser ready
  3. The Testing Periods
    1. Once all students in the group are on the phone or the start time has begun, the Enlightium Proctor will begin
    2. The Enlightium Proctor will provide a session number for students to start the assessment and will provide instruction
    3. Students will be progressing as a group, thus not allowing anyone to move on to the next subject test until all students have completed the current subject test
      1. Students are encouraged to have reading material while waiting for other students if needed
      2. Enlightium proctors can make an exception to provide more time for anyone listed with a learning disability if most of the class is ready to move onto the next subject test

Additional Notes

  • Each Enlightium proctor will have up to 30 students. For this reason, it is imperative that the Adult Proctor call into the conference line 15 minutes prior to testing to verify their identity. Enlightium Proctors will begin testing on time at the start of each testing period. The number to call will be provided to each family by email the days of testing. 
    • Students who do not call in by the test start time will not be able to take the test that day and will not be able to make up that day.
    • Students who have technical issues that are not resolved by the test start time will not be able to make up any missed tests.
  • Students cannot use notes or speak with the Adult Proctor or other students during the tests. Students may speak with the Enlightium proctor if they are experiencing technical issues but may not ask for assistance with the questions.
  • There are multiple tests scheduled for each day; students will be provided the opportunity for a 10-minute break between tests.
  • Any violations or outbursts during a test will result in immediate dismissal from the current test and future tests.
  • Families with two or more students who are testing have two options:
    • The students may test simultaneously
      • The Adult Proctor needs to have a computer and a phone available for each student
      • There does not need to be more than one Adult Proctor, provided that they can monitor all students testing
    • The students may test during different the two testing windows
  • Do not click “Exit” until you are ready to submit the answers for that test.

Contact

If you are experiencing technical issues, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.