Yep, we did it. We have officially finished our testing for this year. Second grade and fifth grade are over.
This is the first year we have tested. Not so unusual, figuring it is only our second year homeschooling (and Firefly's first).
I'm not sure I'm going to do it again.
In our state, you have the option of using an umbrella school, standardized testing, or doing a portfolio. This year my intention was doing a portfolio of our year. As a matter of fact, I am still working on the portfolios / scrapbooks / reading lists. But for some reason, I got an itch to test as well.
As a second-year homeschooler, I am much, much, much more confident than I was when we started on this journey. I am calmer (well, a little). We have our stuff together more (theoretically).
So why did I feel that pull? Why did I feel like I needed to "make sure"? What if? Do I have something to prove? And to who?
So we tested. And as much as I tried to make it "fun", a "you can show what you know" moment, we still ended up with two stressed-out little girls, a worn out Mommy, and a four year-old who missed us since he was in the nursery all day.
I'm pretty sure I knew better.
And now I'm asking myself question after question after question. Who was this for? Was it so that the girls could have practice with testing? Was it so I could "show off"? Was it to punish myself when I see Firefly's math scores come in? I'm not sure why we really did it. I think I need to have some quiet time alone and with God to really look at the reasons.
Will we do it again? I think I may have a better answer in four to six weeks. (Nothing like waiting for the results first ; )
What about you? What are your reasons for testing or for not testing? I'd love to hear your input as I wrestle with the decision that we made.