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#1 of 6 Old 01-29-2009, 07:41 PM - Thread Starter
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I am hsing my dd this year, but will most likely be sending her to first grade next year. I was told by the school that they would test her. Has anyone done this? What do they need to know? It's just an average public school, nothing special.

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#2 of 6 Old 01-29-2009, 07:50 PM
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Huh -- I would guess it would just be a placement test -- what level is she reading at, where is she in arithmetic, that kind of thing. Not something she has to plass to get in.
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You might want to thumb through one of the "what your first grader needs to know" books at the bookstore or the library. It would probably give you an idea of what an average school is expecting for an incoming first grader.

I'm sure the school just wants to make sure she isn't lacking fundamental info (like the alphabet, or counting).
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It's really up to the district. You could just ask them or get a copy of the kindergarten standards.

My DD homeschooled until 5th grade. They tested her very informally. The learning specialist had her read something, do a little math, write a bit. Nothing much. They were really just looking to see if she was basically on grade level or had any need for further testing. They don't expect the kids to be perfect (after all, the kids who are already at the school aren't perfect). And chances are than unless she is far below grade level, she is going to be placed with her peers (at my DDs school, it could have affected what classroom she was placed in, but no matter how she scored they would have put her in 5th grade). It's really so they know what to expect and if she may need any special services to be successful.

The school was super nice and the test wasn't a big deal at all.

but everything has pros and consĀ  shrug.gif

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It definitely depends on the county or district. In my county, the kindergarten students are expected to be reading books, writing stories and doing simple addition. First grade standards are even higher. I would ask the local school for the end of the year expectations for kindergarten.

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You could look online at the state standard curriculum for your state.

I wouldn't give much authority to the "What your ___ needs to know" books unless your school is a core knowledge school.

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