We just got this year's standardized test scores back, and I wanted to share the math portion of her results. We used the CAT/5 from Thurber's Educational Assessments.
With the Stanine Scores,the highest you can get is a 9. The "National Percentile" number means she scored as well as or better than that percentage of students nationwide who took this test.
Math Computation - Stanine 6; National Percentile 77.
Math Concepts & Application - Stanine 7; National Percentile 81.
Total Mathematics - Stanine 7; National Percentile 82.
For comparison, this is a child who I do not consider particularly "mathy" and who had been starting to develop a "math is hard, I'm not good at math" attitude by the time I started homeschooling her toward the very end of third grade. In fourth grade, we used Oak Meadow's built in math curriculum and she'd taken the CAT-E from Seton just for the heck of it last year, even though we didn't have to do standardized testing that year.
Last year, her math scores were:
Math Computation: Percentile, 58; Stanine 5.
Concept & Application: Percentile 59; Stanine 5.
Mathematics Total: Percentile 59; Stanine 5.
I had been happy with that. She was a bit above average, scoring right where she "should" for her age and grade level, and I thought that was great considering she wasn't "mathy," and I was a pretty relaxed homeschooler.
This year we started Teaching Textbooks because in the older, used version of Oak Meadow I have, they only had their own built in math curriculum up until fourth grade. Once 5th grade came along, they recommended Saxon. I knew Saxon was not for us and that it would make us miserable (I'm not "mathy" either), and after a lot of reading up on it, I decided on Teaching Textbooks. AND I decided to keep her at her grade level, not try to get a higher grade level just because TT was said to be "behind," because I wanted her to get it, not struggle with it.
I know a lot of people here worry that TT is "below grade level" or "not good enough" or what have you- but we LOVE Teaching Textbooks over here, and here's why:
1. My daughter is ENJOYING Teaching Textbooks
2. She is UNDERSTANDING Teaching Textbooks
3. She is GAINING CONFIDENCE from Teaching Textbooks and no longer says anything like "I'm not good at math" or "math is too hard" (although once in a blue moon she does still say "math gives me a headache" haha).
4. She can do it pretty independently
5. It's not overly time-consuming (about 30 minutes per lesson, 4-5X a week)
And now, I can add 6.-
Her math scores (as per the standardized test results, even though we used a different version of the test this year) have improved over last year, and are in my opinion very good, especially for a non-mathy kid using a math curriculum many people put down as not being advanced enough.
Am I saying she's suddenly a math genius? No. But a non-mathy kid using Teaching Textbooks (no supplementing with anything else) took a standardized test and overall did as well as or better than 82% of the rest of the students who took this test nationwide and to me, that's huge.
I do believe it goes to show that you CAN use Teaching Textbooks without worrying that you're burying your kid light years behind all the other kids- that's just not true.
Anyway, I just wanted to share in case this helped anybody make a decision about TT. If you want more info about TT and care to take a peek at my review of it, you can see it here:
And if you are curious to see the rest of our standardized test score results from 4th and 5th grades, you can see them here:
P.S. If anyone else wants to share how their standardized tests went after using Teaching Textbooks, feel free to do so in this thread if you'd like!
Edited by NanceXToo, 31 March 2011 - 12:23 PM.