Q: Does this fulfill the legal requirement for "testing"?
A: Yes! Colorado law allows for evaluation by a Colorado licensed teacher in lieu of standardized testing:
“Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 22-33-104.5 (3) (f) Each child participating in a nonpublic home-based educational program shall be evaluated when such child reaches grades three, five, seven, nine, and eleven. Each child shall be given a nationally standardized achievement test to evaluate the child's academic progress, or a qualified person shall evaluate the child's academic progress. The test or evaluation results, whichever is appropriate, shall be submitted to the school district that received the notification required by paragraph (e) of this subsection (3) or an independent or parochial school within the state of Colorado.”
See my Resources page for more information.
Q: Do you come to my home?
A: No, we meet at a library, coffee shop, etc. Alternatively, you may schedule my increasingly popular online evaluation. In this case, you provide the same information via email, Facebook Messenger, etc.
Q: How soon can I get my evaluation results? How in-depth is the report?
A: You will receive immediate feedback and the evaluation form at the end of our session (assuming I can verify progress). I do not provide a detailed assessment of each subject area; only verification that your child has made good progress and is ready to continue to the next level.
I will provide a PDF of the Evaluation form (hard copies also provided in person, or mailed to online clients on request).
Q: Do you provide testing?
A: No, I do not administer any tests. I provide evaluations based on work samples, experience verified by parents, etc.
My approach is thorough, yet not intimidating or overwhelming for your child!
Q: What should I provide for the evaluation?
A: Please provide several work samples each for math and language arts that show your child's progress over the past school year. Please include dates on each!
Complete portfolios or notebooks are welcome (but not required), in addition to anything else you feel will help convey your child's achievements.
This is very flexible, so please let me know if you have any questions! See pictures to the right for some "beyond-the-workbook" ideas.
Q: I'm still not sure. Can you give me some specific examples of what to bring (or scan/photograph and email, if doing an online evaluation)?
A: You bet! (See also pictures to the right for some "beyond-the-workbook" ideas. Hover or click on them for details.)
NOTE: It is NOT necessary to bring something from every language arts “category”! Please just bring what you feel will best display your child’s achievements, and enough that I can verify that your child has made good progress over the past school year.
Click or hover on the pictures below for some "beyond-the-workbook" learning sample ideas.
Q: Do you provide evaluations for special needs students?
A: Yes! Evaluations are for anyone, but work especially well for children with special needs or unique circumstances.
Q: Do you provide evaluations for high schoolers?
A: Yes! I can also provide guidance for your student's transcript, including information on how to calculate the GPA, advice about dual enrollment, etc. (See next question.)
Q: Do you create high school transcripts?
A: No, but I provide basic guidance on how you can create your own. We'll talk about what you need to include, how to calculate the GPA, etc. Templates are available on request. This can be incorporated into an evaluation, or you may request a separate “Transcript Consultation.”