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Group Testing

OVCHE 2020 Group Testing Information

To those who plan to have their children test with the OVCHE group, or private testing with the TerraNova through WVHEA, I have outlined some information regarding the testing process.

WVHEA Testing Service is designed to fully comply with state law governing the testing of homeschoolers. Testing is one of several ways parents can provide necessary information regarding the progress of their student(s) as required by state law. We will be using the updated TerraNova Third Edition test for our students. Order forms may be obtained from www.WVHEA.org or if you have previously tested, order forms will be mailed to you later this week. I have also attached the form below for your use. Please send the completed form with your check (made payable to WVHEA) to me. My address is on the order form. Once I receive your test registration form, I will email you back for confirmation. 

Registration Deadlines

  • The early discount deadline is January 15, 2020. Families who pay by this deadline deduct $5 per test.
  • Between January 16, 2019 and February 14, 2020 families pay the regular cost of $40 per test.
  • Orders received after February 15, 2020 must add a late fee of $10 per test.
  • The final deadline to order testing with the group is February 28, 2020. No orders are accepted after that date.

If you are a current member of WVHEA, or if you join when ordering, there is also an additional $10 discount on each test. If you are joining WVHEA with test registration, you must include one check for test fees and one check for membership both made payable to WVHEA.

We will have our group testing  on April 6th & 7th 2020 at First Baptist Church on National Rd. in Wheeling. Depending on group size, we may only use one day for testing. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 304-843-1818 

Thank you,

Valerie

Link to download form

FAQ

Do I have to test my child?

No. In both West Virginia and Ohio there are several assessment options parents may choose from. Providing a nationally normed standardized achievement test is only one of the options. Please see the links to the WV state law and OH state law.

What if I need more informtion to compare he benifits/drawbacks of standardized testing vs. portfolio review?

The powerpoint from Dr. Bruce Howard, which he presented during a MNO, may be helpful click here

What is the TerraNova Test?

TerraNova is a nationally normalized standardized test. We are currently using the Third Edition of this test. 

What subjects are included on the Terra Nova Test?

The Kindergarten test includes reading, language, and math. All other grades include reading, language, math, science and social studies.

Can my younger kids test if they are not strong readers?

Most of the kindergarten test (Level 10) is read aloud, though there is some reading required.
At 1st and 2nd grades (Levels 11 and 12), all instructions are read, and only the reading section contains much independent reading by the student. All of the math, science and social studies sections are read aloud. However, the questions and possible answers are NOT read aloud. Beginning in 3rd grade, most of the test is read independently by the student, included instructions printed in the booklets. 

The TerraNova test is a critical thinking test that requires a certain amount of reading at all levels. If you feel your child is not ready for this type of assessment, we strongly encourage you to seek another assessment option such as preparing a portfolio of your child's work to be reviewed by a certified teacher.

How do I determine the correct TerraNova test level for my child? 

State law interpretations require that homeschooled students must be assessed using a test intended for use at the grade level that was reported by the parents in the Notice Of Intent. Homeschool parents do have the right to determine the appropriate grade level for their child, including skipping or repeating grades, but this should be stated in the Notice Of Intent, and the test level must match. 

How do I prepare my child for testing?

Practice tests are available commercially through companies such as Spectrum and Soaring High. Some of these test prep items can be found at your local bookstore. If your child has never tested using the bubble in method or an answer sheet, please take time to expose them to this method so they know what to expect on test day.

Where does the testing take place?

Our group uses the First Baptist Church in Wheeling as our testing site. It is located at 1470 National Rd. Wheeling WV, 26003

 How long does the test take?

The test timeframes vary by age group. The younger age groups allow for a few more breaks. On your assigned test day, plan to arrive by 8:30. Testing will begin promptly at 9:00. All testing is generally completed by 3:00.  

What do I need to bring to testing?

Please bring two sharpened #2 pencils with good erasers, a sack lunch, and a book for your child to read once they have completed their testing. You will also need to bring a self-addressed stamped envelope for each child that should be addressed "To the Parents of". Your results will be mailed back to you in the envelope you provide.

What if I miss the registration deadline?

Pay close attention to the registration deadlines so you don't miss the registration. We are required to follow the timeframes of the testing company providing services for WVHEA. If you should miss the deadline, you will have to determine which of the other assessment options you will pursue.

Who administers the test?

The tests are administered by parent volunteers who have completed the required Tester Certification training. If you are interested in becoming a tester, please contact Valerie Hensley, hensleydv@comcast.net  

How is my student's progress assessed under current law?

Mean score is calculated by averaging the national percentile scores in the required areas. If this mean is at or above the 50th percentile(required for WV) or above the 25th percentile(required for OH), the child's scores are considered to show "acceptable progress." If the score is below the required percentile, acceptable progress is defined as "improvement" from the previous year's scores.  "Improvement" can be demonstrated by an increase in the mean percentile, advancement in grade level with the same average, or increase in the "scale score." If progress is not documented by these criteria, a "remedial plan" must be adopted. If no progress can be shown after two years, the parent must provide evidence that appropriate instruction is being provided. ***Please refer to the specifics of the law requirement in the state that you reside.***

When will I receive my child's results?

Parents should receive scores by mid June. In June, two copies of the machine generated report form are mailed in the pre-addressed envelopes. WVHEA sends score reports only to the parents, who are responsible for submitting scores to their local superintendents by the timeframe required by law. Please refer to your state's law. An explanation of the child's score will be enclosed with the score reports.

How do I report my scores?

In both WV and OH, parents can use the Academic Assessment Report provided by HSLDA, Christian Home Educators of Ohio or West Virginia Home Educators Association to turn in to their local superintendent. If testing with the group, parents would mark the option that states "a person duly authorized by the publisher of the test." You are only required to list the percentile score. You do not have to send in the full copy of your child's test results. 

Who do I send my registration to?

Please mail your cheack made out to "WVHEA" to Valerie Hensley 205 Ash Ave. Moundsville, WV 26041

 

 ***Note: All of this information was provided directly from state law and from our Regional Test Coordinator Manual from WVHEA.***

For more tips on testing: http://www.wvhea.org/getting-started/annual-academic-assessment/standardized-testing