I'm worried. We just got back the results of my 11yo son's recent achievement testing, and here are the results:
Reading - 7th grade, 8th month level
Handwriting skills- 6 years (not grade), 7th month level
Spelling - 2nd grade, 4th month level (not sure about this one as it involved handwriting the answers! Duh psychologist, he has dysgraphia!)
Math - 2nd grade, 0 month level (I think the focus was on computation, not concepts. He's better with concepts.)
(I'm glad grammar and composition weren't tested!)
He was diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disability, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia at age 7 (and the diagnoses were reaffirmed during this round of testing). So it's no surprise that these are areas of struggle. But I was really surprised by how far behind grade level he is. 3-4 years in every "core subject" except reading. I feel good about his reading skills, his science and history knowledge, his manners, his conversation skills, his improving social skills, his creativity, and the kind of person he is. But what about practical skills in writing and math? My son says he wants to go to college.
I can see feeling confident and secure when unschooling a child without learning differences. But it's hard when LDs enter the picture. What if they DON'T just pick it up when they're ready?