Testing

National Standardized Testing Services

While testing is not required under Missouri law, it can be helpful in assessing your childrens’ academic progress.

California Achievement Tests
800-542-1066
http://www.setonhome.com
Home achievement testing

Iowa Test of Basic Skills
Offered through the SHARE support group, usually in late February.

Stanford Achievement Testing
>Offered through the West County Christian Home Educators Group usually in late May.
>Offered through Living Word Christian School, 310 Cardinal Place, St. Peters, MO 63376, (636) 970-2398, Contact: Jan Stark. They open up their testing to homeschoolers in grades 1st thru 12th.
>Additionally, your local public school will provide free testing services, though this is not typically recommended.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are unable to make the dates of the group testing events or if your children are uncomfortable with the group setting, you can test at home individually or in small groups. The tests results will be sent directly to you.
While there are some specific guidelines, the Iowa is very flexible and allows families to test at home privately. The Stanford Achievement Test does require that you have at least a four-year college degree (it does not have to be in education) and you must administer the test to at least two non-family members at the same time as your child. These tests can be purchased through Bob Jones University Press. For more specific details contact them at 800-739-8199 or http://www.bjupress.com/

Math Testing and Evaluation

Project MEGSSS, Inc.
10700 Larkspur Lane, St. Louis, MO 63123
314-842-5968
www.megsss.org
Project MEGSSS’ mission is to discover, inspire and develop the talents of middle school students with extraordinary gifts in mathematics. We provide “above level” mathematics testing, rigorous summer enrichment programs and our well known, three year after-school mathematics program for qualified students. We serve students who have a high level of aptitude and interest in math, whether they test as gifted or are failing math due to sheer boredom!
Nominations of 5th and 6th grade students, made by parents or teachers, are accepted beginning in January of each year. Parent information meetings are held prior to registration for our unique “out of level” testing event, which focuses on mathematical reasoning ability. After testing, qualified candidates are eligible to take the eight session, summer program which introduces the student to formal logic (propositional calculus) and operational systems. Classes may continue during the regular school term one evening per week, or the student may return the following summer for enrichment classes in probability and number theory.
The program is tuition based, but need-based scholarships or payment plans are available. For over 30 years, Project MEGSSS, Incorporated has operated as a parent-run, 501(c)3 corporation. Programming is available to all qualified students regardless of race, color, gender, creed or national origin. The current Executive Director is a home schooler and can be reached at exec@megsss.org.

Free On-line Assessment Tests

Free Assessment Tests through  Texas Education Agency
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/release/
Section 101.33 of the Texas Administration Code (TAC) states, “Beginning in 2004 with the 2003–2004 school year and subsequent even-numbered years, the Texas Education Agency shall release all test items and answer keys for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), the State-Developed Alternative Assessment (SDAA), and the Reading Proficiency Tests in English (RPTE). After a period of five years, each test item that has been field-tested but not used on a test will be released.” In order to implement this section of the TAC, the tests are made available to the public after all districts have completed testing and in accordance to the Schedule for Release of Tests adopted by the State Board of Education on September 12, 2003.  They provide both on-line and downloadable versions of these tests.  Tests are available for grades k-11 in the areas of mathematics, language arts, science, history and social studies.  Not all subjects, grades and years are available. These tests are free.

Nation’s Report Card
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/itmrls/startsearch.asp
Online assessment tests in reading, math for for 4th, 8th and 12th grades.

Tutoring

Bob Johnson Tutoring
314-646-9548
www.BobJohnsonTutoring.com
email: Bob@BobJohnsonTutoring.com
Serving the Greater St. Louis Area, Bob Johnson Tutoring specializes in ACT prep, SAT prep, and math tutoring.  Bob received a Missouri teacher’s certificate for secondary mathematics and taught high school math for six years.  He also worked for two years as a private tutor and test prep course instructor, including one year with a nationally acclaimed test preparation company.  Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring
Bill Becher and John Clark, Area Directors
2318 Normandy Drive, St. Louis, MO  63121
contact: Bill Becher or John Clark, area directors
(314) 726-0044
e-mail: bbecher@clubztutoring.com
www.clubztutoring.com/of_st_louis_county
We offer one-on-one tutoring in your own home, for ages pre-K through adults.  We have tutors for ALL subjects, including math, science, foreign languages, writing, reading, history, ACT Prep, SAT Prep, study skills, English as a Second Language, etc.  Our scheduling is flexible and our prices are competitive.  Long-term contracts are not required.  Our tutors are experienced and most are certified teachers.  Let us help your family succeed with home education, whatever your needs may be.

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