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Summer standardized testing: Should the student test for the grade completed?


I want my 8 year old homeschooler to take the IOWA test.  If I test during the summer, should I use the 2nd grade test for the completed grade or the 3rd grade test for the grade she is entering?

 That is a very good question.  For tests that are completed and postmarked by August 15, spring norms will be used.  This means the student would take the test for the grade last spring.

Tests taken after August 15 are done with the fall norms, so the student would take the test for the grade coming up.

Since there are two IOWA test options in the Phoenix area for August, you could either test her as a second grader before August 15 or as a third grader for the August 18 and 22 date.  Of course, if you want to wait until the end of next year, that is another possibility.  If you took the first option, a separate testing time would need to be set up, since most of the 2nd grade work has instructions that are read aloud for each section.  The August 4 and 8 session is for 3rd-12th graders.  The Stanford Test session is July 21 and 25 for 5th – 8th grades, with very little time left for registration.
Is there a place to print off practice tests for the IOWA test?
For many students (and parents), there is great peace of mind in doing a practice test.  Fortunately, there are a number of resources that will provide a “sneak peek” at the types of questions and materials.

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Last call for registration for summer homeschool standardized testing


June has flown by, seemingly in the blink of an eye, and the rest of the summer will have wings of its own.  For those wanting to have their students assessed on standardized tests before the new school year begins, three more opportunities are available for you.

Holly Craw Home Education Services provides test proctoring for reasonable rates for homeschool groups or indivduals. Dates have been set for three sessions, and parents are encouraged to sign up right away to reserve the spots and have time for the testing materials to be ordered.

Stanford Test

  • Date:  July 21 and 25, 9:00 to 12:30 the first day, 9:00 to 11:00 the second day
  • Location:  Holly Craw Home Education Services in North Phoenix, near I-17 and Thunderbird
    Exact address will be given at registration
  • Grades tested:  5th-8th grades
  • Maximum number of students:  10
  • Testing fees:  $44 per test, ordered through Bob Jones University Press, plus administration fee based on number of students testing.  Typical price for 2 to 4 students is $56 to $27 per person.
  • Registration deadline:  June 30, 2011
  • Steps for registration:  Download the information form, order the test per instructions, email the completed form to Holly Craw Home Education Services

Iowa Test Session 1

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Creating a homeschool transcript that catches attention for college admissions


Are you homeschooling high school students?  Do you have questions about creating transcripts–what is needed, how to compile the information, or how to count credits.  Here are some questions that were recently asked of Holly Craw Home Education Services and answers that you may find helpful.  If you are interested in getting more information, you can attend the Preparing your Homeschooler for College workshop on November 18. The responses to the questions are in italics.


I am interested in your transcript service.  I am working on putting everything together and just need an official looking transcript or some guidance.  What is the first step?

Thank you,

Homeschool Mom

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Homeschool teen creates social opportunity for peers with a teen dance

A few common questions among homeschooled teens include:

  • “How will I get to know other teens?”
  • “How can I avoid being isolated if I don’t go to normal teen activities?”

(Non-homeschoolers often put these questions in terms of “How will your children get proper socialization if they homeschool?“)

The good news is that there are numerous activities specifically for homeschoolers, and teen events are often created by parents or teens themselves.  This examiner’s family developed a “Teen Night”at which up to 35 homeschooled high schoolers would gather twice a month for food and games and crazy activities.  Others have started special interest clubs, homeschool proms, debate teams, and drama groups, to name a few.

Victoria Johnson is homeschooler who decided she would initiate a teen dance and invite dozens of her best friends (and hopefully dozens of new friends).

Homeschool Teen Dance

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One mom’s journey: From career success to homeschooling and back to a career – Phoenix Homeschooling | Examiner.com

Diane Hallett has a heart-warming story of finding happiness and purpose in her homeschooling journey, which has now opened the way to combine her career skills as model, actress and speaker with her passion for homeschoolers.

Examiner: Share a bit of your homeschooling journey with your own children–what are some high points and low points?

Diane: Our homeschool journeys highs and lows?  Now that would be a book!

Our oldest is 29 and we took her out of public school in the middle of her 5th grade year.  My husband was not for it at first- saying, “Diane, it may be a valid way to school, but not you with our daughter.  You two clash now, it will never work”.

The last day before “Winter Break” (not allowed to be called Christmas), I drove my daughter to the bus stop since it was pouring rain, took a deep breath and with trepidation blurted out, knowing how volatile this girl could be, “You know your dad and I have been discussing homeschooling you, we have decided, and today when you come home you will not be going back – this will be your last day.”

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How does a homeschooler deal with the negative pressure of a career in the arts? – Phoenix Homeschooling | Examiner.com

Homeschoolers come from all walks of life, and each story is unique.  Diane Hallett continues with her story of discovering a natural talent for modeling and acting, quickly moving up through the ranks to become very successful, and giving it up for a season to homeschool.

Examiner: Many people feel hesitant about modeling and acting due to the abundance of worldly influences.  Why do you continue to train young people for those fields?  How are you able to do that, yet with a Christian perspective, and how successful are the students in staying unentangled with negative peer pressure so prevalent in the arts?

Diane: I loved God profoundly at an early age.  The first thing I ever wanted to be growing up was a nun! In third grade, I started a prayer group, and other girls and I would gather first thing in the morning to praise God.  Vividly I remember walking to school, touching the tall grass by me as I walked, and praising this wonderful God I served, for making this amazing world.

Then junior high hit and I went from a small school in which I knew everybody, to a huge school where I felt out of place and insecure.  I longed so to fit in….so I did – the wrong way with the wrong crowd.  I was too weak to stand up for myself and for my convictions.  So many nights I remember coming home and crying myself to sleep, praying:  Lord, I am so sorry.  Someday, I will follow you completely. I know what I am doing is wrong. Please forgive me.

Then one day my mom surprised me, picked me up from school and took me to a modeling school.  I ate up everything I was taught, took hall passes to practice my “walk” in the school hallways.  Soon, I was being taken out of school often for modeling jobs.  I blossomed.

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Going from homeschool to college provides some advantages for students

How does a homeschooler get into college?

This question is asked frequently, both by those who desire to homeschool and those who are not involved in it at all. For the former, it is an honest question framed by a public school-focused mind-set:  traditional education is the norm, so it might be hard to conceive of a viable option outside that realm.  For the latter, the question is usually asked in a tone of incredulity, as if to say that the instruction provided by one’s parents surely would not equip nor qualify the student for the rigors of higher education.

The truth is that homeschoolers actually get into colleges in a higher percentage than the average population, and they are claiming title to nice scholarships at the best universities.  In fact, the majority of American schools are seeking out these students, since they have proven to be the kind of folks that colleges really want.

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