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    Filed at 9:50 am under by dcobranchi

    This headline is just a bit misleading:

    Plan calls for home-schooler testing

    Of course, my radar lit up instantly. The article is really about placement testing former homeschoolers when they enroll in the g-schools. Larry Kaseman, for whom I have the utmost respect, is distinctly opposed but I really don’t have much of a problem with it. Except- the school is charging the parents $20 per test. That is ridiculous; any placement test should be paid for by the school.

    4 Responses to “ALARMING HED”

    Comment by
    Joanne aka Happy HSer
    August 29th, 2003
    at 11:53 am

    Do they charge everyone? English as a second language students, for example?

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 29th, 2003
    at 11:59 am

    Apparently not.

    Ken Cole, executive director for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, called the use of placement exams for home-schooled students “very common.”

    “This isn’t because they don’t like home-schoolers or they hate those kids or anything,” he said. “We’re just making sure young kids get in the right arrangement.”

    But he questioned charging a fee for the mandatory testing.

    “This is free and appropriate public education – free, free, free,” Cole said. “Just like a kindergartner, when the 5-year-olds show up, you can’t charge them for an assessment.”

    Comment by
    August 29th, 2003
    at 6:29 pm

    Absolutely, the test should be free.

    I wonder, if a child tests ahead of his grade level, would they skip him up to his level, or put him in with his age-mates?

    I think that if I had homeschooled a kid from kindergarten and then wanted to put him in a public high school, I’d feel a lot better about it with this sort of placement test being done. I can see how there could be a kind of curriculum creep that would put a homeschooled kid at a disadvantage with the specific textbooks and programs being used, even though the kid might have a good understanding of the subject in general.

    Comment by
    Michael E. Lopez
    August 30th, 2003
    at 2:44 pm

    Well… the parents should pay for it.

    But they already do.