Homeschool testing is not mandatory in Arizona but many families want some kind of assessment to show the progress they have made or to verify areas that need improvement. Standardized tests such as the Iowa or Stanford can be helpful for getting a baseline measure of the student’s current standing. Children with special needs can have accommodations such as extra time or having portions read aloud to them.
How do you find out what test level to use for a special needs student who has never used a standardized test and is doing work from different grades for each subject?
Get some practice tests and work with those first.
Covenant Homeschool Resource Center in Phoenix has some Iowa practice tests for $5 each, including shipping. These are just samplers of each type of question. Full-scale practice tests can be ordered from Bob Jones University Press for $15 each. If your child is doing 5th grade work in some subjects and 6th or 8th in others, get at least two practice tests in that range, preferably one each of 5th-8th grade. It doesn’t matter which test you use for the trial runs as both Stanford and Iowa cover the same types of questions and material.
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