Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth no to be ashamed, tightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15
Assessment tools are not borrowed from the Devil’s workshop. Whether you homeschool or teach in a classroom, you need to have good assessment tools. First, for most states it is the law. The student either has to have an assessment of be evaluated by a state- approved evaluator. But more importantly, a good assessment will convey to you what you need to focus on from year to year.
When I homeschooled, I feared assessments. I was a young parent in an educational situation outside the norm. I had the misconception that the test was grading me, as a teacher. I have since found out that not only was I using the assessment tool incorrectly, but I was also using the wrong assessment tool for my daughter.
Sometimes we don’t have a choice, and we have to use a particular assessment tool, but that doesn’t mean we can’t administer another, more appropriate assessment for our own use. You don’t want to simply measure progress. You want a tool to help you decide whether you need to change curricula or adjust the amount of focus you give to each subject. Assessments are meant to measure if students have mastered and can apply that knowledge to different subject areas.
I also like to keep in mind that one day or week of testing should not be the sole deciding factor on mastery of a subject.