Saturday, June 14, 2008 in Them kids o' mine

No school, no harm

As many of you know, Sarah is our oldest child who has never had any type of formal schooling. She has been educated at home from the beginning. Since this was her final year had she been going to school (and we felt she was “done”), she decided that she would like to take a standardized test. This was mostly to have a simple piece of paper from a third party as “proof” that she has an adequate education. It should make college application simple.

I mentioned back here when we got the test. For the curious, we ordered the CAT tests from the Canadian Test Centre. They were easy to administer, and slightly amusing. We took the $75 option to do the Canadian Achievement Tests (CAT) and the Canadian Test of Cognitive Skills (CTCS). These are the only options available for the home educated, and should be enough. The homeschooling-specific order form will not let you order anything else. (They have cheaper supplemental tests for teachers, which is why I mentioned it.)

When we were done, we sent them back to the Centre for scoring. The tests themselves are not purchased, but leased, so you send back everything.

On Friday we recieved the official results. Sarah has completed the equivalent of grade 12.9+ overall. She is in the 69th percentile for her age, and the 70th percentile for grade level. The percentile ranking means she did better than seventy percent of students in her grade who also took the test. Her highest scores were in Language/Writing & Vocabulary, where she got a 93 and 97 respectively. Not surprising for someone who spoke in full sentences at two, and currently reads a book a day with interests ranging from Gossip Girls to Goethe.

On the CTCS, she got just above average. It’s like an IQ test but not quite. She was dissapointed it did not include the usual logic problems which she’s fond of and very good at.

Overall, not too shabby, and we were quite pleased. So now she’s officially graduated. (and apparently will accept cheques 😉 )