VT State Year-End Assessments
Scheduling now for 2017 assessments.
Many families choose to meet state
assessment requirements by having a certified teacher review their child's
work. This can be a fun opportunity for parents and children to look
back at all they have explored and accomplished over the past year and
reflect on highlights and growth. Rebecca enjoys meeting with families
and hearing about their many interesting learning experiences. She is
open to a variety of different approaches to learning at home, including
unschooling, and her assessment process is nonjudgmental and informal,
yet thorough. She is also happy to offer impressions and suggestions
when parents request this.
Typical Assessment Procedure:
1. Contact Rebecca to schedule. It is advisable to do this by early June, and several weeks in advance of your preferred meeting time. In 2017, assessment appointments will mainly be available between June 13th and August 17th, with a few appointments available earlier. Plan to set aside about 1 hour per child, although sometimes the review does not take this long. Rebecca can meet with you at her home in Plainfield, in Montpelier, or at another mutually convenient location.
2. If you submitted a curriculum outline to the Home Study office for the current homeschool year, please send this (along with any required disability adaptations) to Rebecca by post or email about a week before your assessment meeting. Don't worry if you didn't follow it exactly! Please let Rebecca know if you were exempt.
3. Rebecca will spend about an hour with you and your child, looking over work samples and documentation and discussing your child's learning activities. This goes more smoothly if what you bring to show is organized. No formal testing will take place and Rebecca is committed to keeping the process non-threatening for children and parents alike. Sometimes children or parents are nervous in anticipation of the meeting. Please try to think of this as an opportunity to share what you have been doing with an interested person. Rebecca approaches the assessment with the assumption that the child has made progress, so the focus is on looking at and discussing examples of that progress, some of which will then be documented on the state form. In order to meet the state requirements, she may ask questions to clarify how your child progressed in each area of the minimum course of study (e.g. What was new that you learned/did this year? What did you get better at?). Occasionally, if documentation doesn’t show a child’s current level of basic skills, Rebecca may ask him/her to read aloud, write briefly, or do a few math problems. Usually this is not necessary and the assessment takes the form of a conversation and “show and tell”. Sometimes children enjoy reading aloud, playing a musical instrument, or in other ways demonstrating what they’ve learned. Please bring the following to your assessment meeting:
4. Within three weeks of meeting with you, Rebecca will fill out the form required by the Home Study office and send it to you to include with your new enrollment paperwork. If she has any questions about your child’s progress, she will address these with you before completing the form so that you can discuss the situation together. The form will mention some of the documentation Rebecca saw during the assessment and some of the other things your child did this year, including a few details about what your child learned in each area of the minimum course of study.