Q: Does this fulfill the legal requirement for "testing"?
A: Yes! Colorado and Florida law allows for evaluation by a Colorado or Florida licensed teacher in lieu of standardized testing. Other states may also allow this option; check your homeschool law!
See my Resources page for more information.
Q: Do you come to my home?
A: Due to recent life changes, I am now exclusively using my online evaluation option. Simply provide the same information that you would share in person, but via email. This option allows you to start the evaluation process when you need it. Alternatively, we could schedule a Zoom call if you’d like a more personal touch! (Florida residents, we will use a phone or Zoom call to meet the personal contact requirement, but your samples can be submitted either via email or the Zoom call.)
Q: Does my child need to be present?
A: It depends on your state. For Colorado, no. For Florida, yes, I will need to speak at least briefly with your child. My goal is to cheer them on in their learning. Please let them know it’s not a test!
Q: What should I provide for the evaluation?
A: Please provide several work samples and/or parent description each for math and language arts that show your child's progress over the past school year. Please try to 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.
Please include a list of books your child has read this year! (This includes books you’ve read together, read-alouds, and even audio books.)
We will also need to schedule a brief phone or Zoom call to meet the personal contact requirement.
Q: I'm still not sure. Can you give me some specific examples of what to show you?
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 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: 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.”
Q: How soon can I get my evaluation results?
A: Once I verify progress and have received payment, you will receive immediate feedback and a PDF of the evaluation form which is suitable for printing or electronic submission.
Q: How in-depth is the report?
A: I do not provide a detailed written assessment of each subject area; only verification that your child has made good progress and is ready to continue to the next level. However I am happy to have general conversations with you about any areas of concern, or just to cheer you on :)
Q: When do I turn in my evaluation?
A: It depends on your state! Colorado evaluations are typically done between January and August, with most being completed between March and May. Check your district or umbrella school for rules and deadlines!
Florida evaluations are due one year from the date you turned in your NOI (Notice of Intent to homeschool). Since Floridians only turn in the NOI one time, at the beginning of your homeschool journey, you’ll want to mark that date on your calendar and contact me early for an appointment!