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At the age of 16, Patrick
was kidnapped by pirates and taken to Ireland
as a slave. There he found God while
pigs. After escaping, he returned to
in Roman Brittan. Later he returned to
Ireland as a humble and brave missionary.
• Read more about
Patrick in the online
article, "Will the Real St. Patrick
Please Stand Up?," the story of St. Patrick's
life taken from his Confession, which
"By the time of his death, Patrick had
baptized tens of thousands and established
hundreds of churches throughout Ireland.
Within a century, this once pagan land
became predominately Christian, possessing
such a vigorous faith that Ireland in turn
sent out missionaries to Scotland, England,
France, Germany, and Belgium.
"As an old man, Patrick looked back in
"'Those who never had a knowledge of God
but worshipped idols and things impure, have
now become a people of the Lord, sons of
• Read a shorter
for children of Patrick's life—how he
was not Irish nor Catholic, and how he used
the shamrock to explain the Trinity.
Patrick's Breastplate: Read
this poetic prayer, listen
to and see it sung in an Irish setting, and
the vocabulary, geography, and comprehension
• Free 23-Page
Living Books Curriculum, St. Patrick's
Day Holiday Helper.
This e-book has a biography, rare
illustrations for picture study, a recipe for
soda bread, and an essay you and your
children won't want to miss, "The Real St.
Patrick," which begins:
"Most American Christians are unaware of
the true story of St. Patrick. He was
the greatest missionaries of all time,
evangelizing all of Ireland, and then training up
leaders who went to a Europe that had fallen
into the Dark Ages after the collapse of the
Roman Empire. Patrick's disciples
re-evangelized all of Europe."
information and activities: Annie's
St. Patrick's Day Pages and Love
To Learn Place.
of St. Patrick. Read the
complete work online,
or order and view the video, "Confession of
St. Patrick," from Audio
March Is Irish-American Heritage
In March we acknowledge the contributions
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You may want to celebrate with an Irish
Irish soda bread.
Dublin Coddle (an easy and hearty stove-top
See the book How
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"He was delivered up for our
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His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish, but have eternal
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Man was separated from God
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In This Issue
Achievement Tests, Part 1
Help Your Child Get His Best Score!
• Standardized Tests
and the Christian Worldview
• What Achievement
Tests Can and Cannot Do
Standardized Achievement Tests
• 3 Ways To Prepare
Your Child for a Test
• 5-Day Easter Unit
• Learning through
Homeschool Resources: PASS Test
Timberdoodle: Spectrum Test Prep
• Raising Kids To
Do Hard Things: Seminars
Publishers: It Starts at Home
It's not too early to start preparing for
your children's yearly
Home-school parents who work closely with
their children every day usually know quite
accurately where their children are
academically and in many other areas.
Standardized achievement tests, however,
can affirm both your child's learning
progress and your teaching ability. This
objective evaluation can encourage both of
you, as well as provide confirmation of your
success to other family members, friends, and
the state, where required.
Contact your state
home-school organization or Home
School Legal Defense Association to check
your own state's laws and confirm:
If your child is required to be tested and at
what ages or grade levels.
What tests are acceptable and who can
administer the test.
If and when you need to report your child's test
If there is another method of evaluation
permitted, such as a portfolio of your
child's work or
an educator's appraisal.
We trust that the information in this and
our next newsletter will help you make wise
decisions in this area of your child's
May the Lord richly bless your family for
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Some states have no specific testing
Also check with your independent school district.
and the Christian Worldview
The ACSI/SAT Custom-Made Test
Steve Deckard, Ed.D., Assistant Professor,
Creation Research states, "One aspect of
evolutionary theory has had a stranglehold is
testing. This is especially true for
"These tests have been written from a secular,
humanistic, and evolutionary world view.
Because of this inherent
bias, young people educated in evangelical
Christian private or
home schools which teach creation science are
at a distinct
"This situation is changing. Association
Schools International, in cooperation with
the developers of the
Stanford Achievement Test series, introduced
in the fall of 1995
a special Christian School Edition of the
"The ACSI/SAT Christian School Edition is
known as a
custom-made test. The non-core
and traditional-values approach with
illustrations, examples, and
stories." Also included in the ACSI/SAT is a
Home-school families may have access to
the ACSI/SAT by:
• Testing at a ACSI-member
• Your support
group can become an ACSI member if it has a
paid administer and meets other criteria
and can then order the tests.
Inge Cannon, of HomeSchool
Transcripts, observes, "As the culture
moves in the direction of secularism and away
demonstration of Biblical values, Christians
will find the gap
between what they are teaching and what the
tests measure to grow
Inge goes on to recommend that home
• Take only the
basic battery (reading, math, language arts)
and avoid the additional tests that make
up the complete
battery (science, social studies, and at
lower levels, the
environment) if they must take a
• Strive to
change state home-school laws to reflect this
option or to allow for other forms of
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What Achievement Tests
Can and Cannot Do
Remember that a standardized achievement
measure the sum total of your child's
progress. It is only one
assessment tool with limited value.
What Achievement Tests Can Do
• Measure your
child's ability to recall certain facts, basic
skills, and concepts common to the grade
• Compare your
child's scores with other students' scores.
• Assess your
child's year-to-year development of learning,
if the same test is used for several
• Help you
determine your child's academic strengths and
weaknesses, as well as the effectiveness
of your curriculum,
teaching methods, or emphasis, when
results are combined
with your own observations.
What Achievement Tests Can't Do
• Tell you if
your child has achieved academically to the level
of his ability.
• Measure your
child's intelligence or the many other skills
and abilities not on the test.
• Replace your
own informed evaluation of your child's
knowledge and skills, gained from your
daily observation of
his work and more thorough and frequent
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Following are the most commonly used
achievement tests. For more information
about each test, see the
test publisher's website links below.
Check with your state or local home-school
local sources of tests and testing
Tests (CAT/5, CAT/6)
Published by CTB/McGrawHill. California
Achievement Tests, Fifth Edition (CAT/5)
The Second Edition
Achievement Test, 1970 Edition (more
demanding than recent editions) is available
Liberty Academy School System.
2. Iowa Test of Basic
Skills (ITBS). Published by Riverside
• ITBS and other
tests and assessments available from Bob
Jones University Press Testing and
3. Stanford Achievement
Tests (SAT), Tenth Edition. (Not to be
confused with the SAT college entrance exam.)
SAT 10 and Stanford 10 - Abbreviated Battery
are now published by Pearson.
• SAT and other
tests and assessments available from Bob
Jones University Press Testing and
• ACSI/SAT 10 may
be available from ACSI or ACSI-member
schools. (See "Standardized Tests and the
Christian Worldview" above.)
Comparison of the Stanford
and Iowa Achievement Tests
BJU Press notes that both tests are
top-rated, nationally standardized tests that
evaluate thinking, and neither is more
difficult than the other.
evaluates listening skills through grade 8;
Iowa through grade 2.
• Stanford tests
are administered untimed; Iowa tests are
Achievement Summary System (PASS) Tests
The PASS Test was developed specifically
for home schoolers. As other achievement
tests, it estimates student achievement in
the subjects of reading, language, and math.
Parents may administer this untimed test
in their own home. A pretest places your
child in the correct test level.
• Available from
5. Comprehensive Test of
Basic Skills, TerraNova (CTBS). Now
called TerraNova CTBS. Published by CTB/McGrawHill.
• Available from
Achievement Tests, Eighth Edition (MAT
8). Previously published by Harcourt
Assessment (see note in #3 above).
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3 Ways To Prepare Your Child
for a Test
It is wise to prepare your child for a
test and teach him
some basic test-taking skills.
1. Teach Subject Matter
The desire to do well on a year-end test
can provide added
accountability and motivation for learning
throughout your school
You will choose the material you teach
your child based on
more important criteria than passing a test.
In fact, much of
the most vital information you want your
child to learn will not
appear on a standardized achievement test.
#81 about setting spiritual, academic,
social, and life skills goals and
However, be sure to include all
information the test will
cover in your curriculum.
• Create or buy
study aids for teaching and reviewing key
facts and information that needs to be
memorized such as flashcards,
checklists, outlines, and summaries.
• Check out the
audio resources carried by Sing 'n
Learn that help your children learn and
review basic information.
2. Provide Perspective
• Don't overplay
the test's importance.
• Help your child
approach his test with confidence and a
positive attitude of doing his best.
• Explain that
this test is to show how much he knows and
that he is not expected to know everything on
the test, although he might know most of
3. Administer Practice Tests
A practice test will increase your child's
and reduce his test anxiety.
• Use a practice
test to familiarize your child with testing
formats, directions, strategies, and sample
questions (not exact questions) similar to
those found in the test.
• Use the
practice test written specifically for the
test your child will be taking.
Benefits of Practice Tests
A reader writes, "I have found it not only
almost essential to go through practice tests
with our children
well in advance of the test itself.
"We always find something just a little
different from what
we studied, and this gives us time to
"Two different tests are even better, for
the same reason,
and help children become more at home with
different wording and
Sources for Practice Tests
Practice tests are available for various
at different grade levels from the following
• "Achieving Peak
Performance" by Curt
and Jenny Bumcrot
• "Test for
Success" and "Better Test Scores" Bob
Jones University Press Testing &
• "Spectrum Test
Prep" from Timberdoodle
products from Sycamore
• Free Online State
Selecting a Testing Administer
A reader writes, "Our children do very
well in a private
testing situation in the administrator's
"Ask your local Christian home-school
support group leaders
who is qualified to administer standardized
tests in your area.
"Arrange a brief get-acquainted interview
test-giver's home. Look for someone who is
patient and kind with
young children and who believes in home
education. Then make an
appointment for the test.
"Have your child take his test early
enough to retake it if
necessary after you see the results."