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Homeschool Testing in NC

Spring is here! Warmer weather, Easter, plants flowering - there's just something energizing and refreshing about spring.

Ad then there's testing.

Homeschool testing can be stressful and confusing, but it's also an opportunity for growth. A way to see where our kids are excelling and where they need support. But if you're new to homeschooling, and even if you've been doing it a while, the many different options out there, varying prices, and of course covid, makes it a bit difficult to choose what will suit your students the best.

So we decided to put together a quick resource you can use to easily find info on testing in NC and see what resources are available in our local area.

NC DNPE Requirements

NC requires all students age 7 and older to take a nationally-normed, standardized test once each school year. They've put together a list of what the test options are and some vendors/test administrators where you can buy the test of your choice. Start with this list first!

What's the difference between the types of tests? How much do they cost?

Woodcock-Johnson, IOWA, Growth MAP, CAT - too many acronyms! Here is a good breakdown of the differences between the most commonly used tests and how much they cost from NC Home Educators.

Local WNC Test Administrators

Masters Mark Academics. Marji MacIlvaine, has been administering the Woodcock-Johnson test since 2005 and has a BA in Spanish. She's a homeschool mom too! She also did a video interview with us last year about testing options in NC.

Smoky Mountain Academic Resources & Training (SMART). Provides the Woodcock-Johnson, IOWA, and Brigance Tests.

NC requires us to administer annual tests, but that's it.

There's no requirement for a passing/failing score or anything like that. Use it as an opportunity to assess where your student is and to inform your homeschool planning.

Do you know of any other good NC testing resources? Share them below!

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