Fulfilling the Standardized Assessment Requirement
A standardized assessment allows the student, the family, the private school/homeschool program, and the state insight as to how the student is doing in his/her academics compared to other students around the United States who took the same assessment.
Several states/school districts have an annual assessment requirement; this is simply to ensure that all parties are holding the student accountable.
How do I know if my student has to take an annual assessment?
There are a few ways to determine if an assessment is required:
- Speak to your local school district superintendent. He/she will be able to provide an answer.
- Conduct online research. Enlightium Academy writes articles on state requirements, which may include a reference to the assessment.
Which test do I need to take?
Some states have specific assessments which need to be or are simply available to students. For example, New York students need to take the Pupil Evaluation Program, a Preliminary Competency Test, or the Regents Exam, based on which grade the student is in. Students in Texas have the option to take the STAAR exam but may take alternative tests.
There are standardized assessments which tend to be accepted by all states. Enlightium Academy offers students in grades 3–10 the Stanford 10 each Spring, which should fulfill the standardized assessment requirement. Families should speak with their local school district superintendent before testing to confirm.
What do I do if I missed the assessment?
Families who live in a state that requires an assessment, but missed the test should speak with their local school district superintendent immediately. After notifying the superintendent that the assessment was missed, families can ask:
- For the requirement to be waived for the current school year, or
- For the superintendent to direct the family to another testing opportunity including a time and location
Will the SAT, ACT, or another college preparatory test count as an annual assessment?
Most likely. Students in grades 11 and 12 should be focused on college preparatory exams even if they are unsure if they will be enrolling in college. Families should speak with their local school district superintendent to ensure that one of these exams will fulfill the requirement.
Enlightium Academy is an accredited alternative schooling option for educating your child from home. Our program offers the comfort of a homeschool environment with a quality private school curriculum. Enlightium Academy is a private Christian school that offers a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher-supported, and affordable education. Enlightium Academy meets all accreditation and state education requirements, while neither using the state curriculum or Common Core.