We’re beginning our annual standardized testing season today. There are only 2 students being tested this week (a 1st and a 2nd grader), then 7 more next week (grades 4, 5, 7, 8 & 10).
This makes 8 consecutive years (and 9 years total) that we’ve been proctoring these tests for MKs. The test results help homeschooling missionary families pinpoint their educational strengths and weaknesses and help us know how to assist them better.
Today, we travel about an hour to test our teammates’ two oldest children. Tomorrow, that family plans to make the trip down here to finish the testing. We typically divide the testing into two days whereas a formal school might spread the testing out over 4 or 5 days. It can be a challenge for the younger kids and for kids with any number of learning or attention issues. We’ll extend it to a third day as needed.
These tests are procured by the Puebla Christian School (about 3 hours from here). We proctor them and afterward return the materials to PCS. They handle all of the details of getting the results from the USA. Each family pays around $30 USD per test. We’ve always appreciated the way PCS has graciously worked with us to allow us to test under them.
This year we only have 9 total test-takers but two of our families with a total of 8 or 9 more test-takers are out of the country. We have also come across a new family from another mission who wanted to test their kids this year, but we didn’t know about them until after the tests were ordered. So, next year, perhaps we’ll have closer to 20 MKs to test. A few years ago we had our highest total ever of around 30.