Standardized testing is a valuable tool for many home schooling families, and Wellspring is offering standardized achievement tests for grades 1-12.
You will find the standardized testing details for the 2019-2020 school year below. Please be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and read the Frequently Asked Questions before registering.
Dates: Registration runs until November 29. There are no late registrations.
April 27--proctor training *attendance required*
May 1--makeup day
Location: Testing will take place at the First United Methodist Church at the corner of Main Street and Lancaster Ave. in Richmond. We will use classrooms in the Multi-Ministry building behind the church.
Cost: 4th grade and up - $37.50 per student
1st-3rd grade - $42.50 per student (These grades cost more because the books are consumable and can't be reused.)
A $15 deposit is required at time of registration with the balance due in March.
Parent’s Involvement: One parent from each family must be present to volunteer during the week in some capacity: as a proctor, assistant proctor, or nursery worker.
FAQ: Please take time to read the Frequently Asked Questions before registering.
To Register: Registration is now closed.
Payment Information: After you submit your registration, you will be redirected to an online payment page where you can pay your deposit. Registration is not complete until your online payment is made, so please be prepared to pay when you sit down to register.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is my child required to participate in testing by Kentucky law?
Then why test?
Some parents test to see how their child compares academically to others across the nation. Some test to see how their child’s own scores compare year after year. Some do it so that their child experiences the “process” of testing and gets comfortable with taking standardized tests. Others have said it encourages them that their homeschooling is progressing well. And occasionally, testing scores reveal a “blind spot” in a specific subject area.
What is a “standardized” test?
A standardized test compares your child’s performance to students in the same grade across the nation. The following scores are reported: percentile ranks, scaled scores, number possible, number correct, and grade equivalents. The student “fills in the little circles” to record his answers. Scratch paper is provided when needed. Computers score the tests and you receive the scores in the mail.
Which test does Wellspring offer?
This year the association from which we order tests has decided to use the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
What if my child works outside of what would be considered his grade level? How do I choose the grade level at which to test him?
You choose whatever grade level you think is best for your child.
Who sees the scores?
No one sees them but you. The scores are mailed only to you.
What subtests are included?
The test measures mastery in the core subjects—reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies.
What is the testing time period like on the three testing days?
We start promptly at 9:00 a.m. Regular breaks are provided throughout the morning. Students can use the restroom, eat a snack, and often walk around to refresh themselves. The time period allows for the students to test up until 12:00, but usually the children finish early, typically around 11:30.
Is the test timed?
Not really. Instructions say something like, “This section of the test should take you about 20 minutes to complete…” Most kids complete the subtests easily in the amount of time suggested. However, if some don’t, the proctor has the discretion to move on and simply informs those who didn’t finish that they can do so later. These kids typically stay at the end of the testing morning and complete that subtest. In other words, each child really has as much time as needed to complete all the subtests.
What is the testing environment like?
The children sit at tables or desks in classrooms at our host facility. Classes are typically small, less than 12 children. At least one adult who has participated in the proctor training the first of that week will proctor the test.
Why am I required to volunteer?
We’ve found that every parent is needed in order to have testing go smoothly.
Is childcare provided for siblings who are not testing?
Yes. We can provide for care for infants through elementary as needed. Parents with infants are typically assigned to be with their baby in the nursery.
What if my child gets sick that week?
We have Friday reserved for make-up testing.
What if something happens and I can’t come proctor?
We will have a couple of “back up” proctors in place for emergencies.
Can I see the test booklets after I receive the scores, to see what my child missed?
Unfortunately, no, the test booklets are not available to us after testing.
Can I get my deposit refunded if we change our mind about testing between the November deposit deadline and April?
No, unless we can find someone to take your child’s place (which has happened in the past, but we can’t guarantee it.)
For additional questions concerning testing, email us.