Standardized Testing for Gifted Homeschool Students

Standardized testing for gifted homeschool students can be challenging because they may be:

  • academically well above their official grade level
  • working at several different grade levels depending on the subject.
  • learning so fast their parents aren’t sure what grade level is the best match.
  • asynchronous, lacking the maturity/attention span for the typical test at their academic level.

Cross-grade Testing

The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress test line has 3 levels: MAP for Primary grade, MAP 2-5, and MAP 6+. Each level is designed for a specific grade range, but includes content for grades above and below the range. Each student is tested at the level that is right for them, not at an arbitrary grade level. This means that a student who is ready for 5th grade material will be tested at that level, whether they are in 3rd, 5th or 7th grade. For particularly advanced students, they may be transitioned to the next level test.

Tailored to the Student

Standardized testing for gifted homeschool students can be frustrating because often gifted children don’t learn in “grade level” chunks. For example, child who is passionate about geometry might be years ahead in that subject, while still struggling with multiplication facts. Each MAP subject test measures student growth in 3-4 strands within the topic, and adjusts to the level of the student in each, creating a truly customized testing experience.

Ideal for young, advanced students

The MAP test is untimed, and many accommodations are available to ensure that the results reflect the student’s academic abilities, not their test-taking abilities. Students test at home, using the computer, iPad or chromebook they use regularly. The MPG test includes audio support for children who aren’t reading independently. Parents are welcome to help students read questions on the math and language usage tests. We encourage parents to make the testing experience as low stress as possible: Take a break to pet the cat or jump on the trampoline. Have a snack. Sit in a comfy chair. Take all the time you need. Students typically spend about an hour on each subject test.

Fast, detailed results

Test on Monday, Tuesday and optionally Wednesday, and receive our detailed score report on Friday of the same week. We include RIT scores, percentile ranking, the grade level for which the score is typical, Lexile level, and a prediction of their future RIT score, based on the performance of their academic peers. In addition, you will receive detailed learning statements showing what your child knows, and what they are ready to learn next, so you will have the information you need to help them grow.