I'm administering the California Achievement Test to Bluebird this week to see where she stands in regards to Kindergarten work.
It's really hard...for me!
I know what Bluebird knows, and I have a mini-anneurism each time I see her pencil hover over the circle to a wrong answer. Sometimes I think she just doesn't understand the question very well, because they are worded really weird. So I try to explain the question in terms that she can understand, but then I wonder if I'm helping her too much or if that's a big no-no...so I decided that I needed to come up with a way for us to complete the test in an honest manner.
I don't look at what she's marking. At all. I turn into a proctor robot. It's the only way I can guarantee that her answers will be truly her answers. If she was sitting in a classroom, she'd be left on her own to answer the question anyway, so that's how I'm going to survive this. Besides, it's just Kindergarten, it is so not a big deal whatsoever. There's just that little test-taking demon in my head that wants her to do extremely well. Mom and Teacher is a hard road to travel. But I'm doing my best to keep it honest.
Who knew the stresses involved with administering a flimsy little Kindergarten test?!?! The whole point of the test is to see where she will be this coming year, not to earn a scholarship or grant entrance to Harvard. Stop stressing. Yeesh.
And to answer the un-asked question: I'm having her take the test in order to establish a healthy homeschool habit. I have heard the CPS horror stories regarding homeschooling families, so I'm taking my pre-cautions in case some well-meaning neighbor calls my kids in for truancy or the like. Having an arsenal of test scores is a great way to fend off the likes of CPS. The tests also give me some much-appreciated feedback on strengths and weaknesses, and standardized tests are a necessary evil when it comes to the future with the SAT and ACT and all that fun stuff. I figure, my girls might as well be comfortable taking them.