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Individualized Achievement Testing

Using the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement - III (WJ-III), a nationally recognized standardized test tool, children are assessed in the basic areas of reading, math and writing. The WJ-III minimizes testing time while maximizing information that can be obtained from each student. Each child answers questions beginning at a level appropriate for their age or ability and continues to answer progressively harder questions.

Unlike group standardized tests, such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, the WJ-III allows even a 1st grader to answer high school level questions, if they are able to achieve that high. At the same time, students who may have difficulty in certain areas are allowed to test backwards in order to fully assess a particular weakness. In addition, students have the opportunity to test as high as they can possibly achieve in any one section.

The ITBS, on the other hand, can only tell you whether or not a child has mastered academic content at one particular grade level. With the ITBS, you cannot understand why a child may have scored as high or as low as they did across subject areas. Find out more about the differences between the WJ-III and the ITBS.

Option 1
Option One includes the cost of test administration and a copy of a basic score sheet that reports standard scores, national percentile ranks, and grade equivalent indicators. The score report is generally mailed out to parents within 72 hours of testing.

Option 2
Option Two covers the cost of test administration and a formal test report, which includes the basic score sheet, an error analysis, and a discussion of the child's strengths and weaknesses. In addition to achievement testing, learning styles, motivation, and parent-homeschool styles are evaluated and considered in the report's recommendations. The test report is generally mailed out to parents with 14 business days of testing. Parents have the option of following up with a telephone consultation for any additional questions they may have.

Benefits of the WJ-III

  • Children as young as age 4 can be tested with the WJ-III
  • Testing time generally lasts about 90 minutes
  • A variety of reading, math and writing skills are assessed
  • Additional sub-tests may be administered if a parent expresses a particular concern with a subject area
  • The WJ-III is especially well-suited for children with attention issues and younger students who may find it difficult to sit quietly for group tests
  • Most children do not need to be tested with the WJ-III more than once ever 2 - 3 years


We keep in mind that most homeschool children have little or no experience with standardized testing. We maintain a maximum level of test environment integrity while making the experience a comfortable one for the children. Our most important priority is obtaining valid results that will help you, the parent, make the best homeschooling decisions possible; while helping your child feel good about themselves.

As always, test results are kept completely confidential. Parents are the only ones to receive a complete score analysis of their child's performance. It is left to a parent's discretion whether or not they share the results with their county or umbrella reviewer.

Hand In Hand Homeschool Consultants have been fully trained in educational test administration and interpretation of results at Johns Hopkins University. Contact us today to schedule your testing appointment.


                 

 
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October 23, 2017

What our clients say about Hand In Hand:

"Thank you very much for this report. We very much appreciate your promptness and thoroughness. We enjoyed meeting you and appreciate your professionalism and the excellent testing experience you gave our daughter."

~ Q Family in Washington, D.C.

 

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