So, I got the boys’ test scores back…
…from taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. This was the first time, in eight years of homeschooling, that I’d had the boys tested according to the standard of anyone other than myself.
There was one thing that all three boys faltered in. (Cue the fanfare!) Dum-dum-dee-dah!!
If there’s one thing that’s going to be a gaping hole in their education, I guess I’d prefer it to be something that is easily remedied. I see a little unit on capitalization in the boys’ near future.
A few things were confirmed to me — suspicions that one son is lacking here, or excelling there, but other than the “capitalization” thing, there really weren’t any major surprises. Well, strike that. I guess I was very surprised at exactly how well they did.
Score one for the homeschoolers, I guess. 😉
There were 19 areas for which each boy were given test results. The one that I’m listing here, though, is their “Complete Composite Total” which is an overall score of everything tested.
- Wesley, aged 8 (3rd grade 9th month) had a CCT that put him in the 73rd percentile (he did better than 73% of the same-grade students, nationally, who have taken the ITBS), and has a grade equivalency of 4th grade 7th month.
- Grant, aged 10 (5th grade 9th month) had a CCT in the 99th percentile, and a “13+” grade equivalency (past high school).
- Ethan, aged almost-13 (7th grade, 9th month), had a CCT in the 91st percentile, and 13+/past high school grade equivalency, as well.
So, does that mean I can just graduate the older boys right now from high school??? Just kidding. It is food for thought, though, for their continuing education. AND, I don’t think I need to stress out that we STILL haven’t finished Sonlight’s Core 4. It looks like slow and steady does win the race.
(Special thanks to Brewer Testing Services, from whom I “rented” the test materials, and who processed the tests. Everything was done in such a timely manner, with grace and great communication — Southern accent included!)