I am seriously considering homeschooling my two boys next year, and have been doing a LOT of research. We live in Oregon, which means that we would be required to take standard exams after grade 3, 5, and 8. I HATE the idea of that, but I guess that's another topic... I AM wondering, however, how most homeschoolers fare on these tests?
I would love to hear how your children scored on these, and the impact of just knowing about these looming exams had on your homeschooling in general. Did you find yourself 'teaching to the test?' Was it stressful? How did your children react to taking them?
I did see some articles in my research saying how homeschoolers in general do WAY better on these exams than their public school peers, and I think that's great, but I have to wonder if those stats would be applicable to my own family... Waldorf-ish, perhaps a touch of unschooling in us.. I do plan on using the Oak Meadow curriculum though, supplemented by various learning activities in the Portland area.
Oh, and my boys would be Kindergarten and first grade, respectively, so I know the testing is a ways off, but I'm just trying to get as much information as I can so in the end I can feel really good and at peace with my choice, either way. Thanks