pageta Posted June 13, 2012 Share Posted June 13, 2012 Anyone had their kid totally fail the Iowa Test of Basic Skills? Our oldest took it for the first time last month and I got the results back today. When dh and I were kids, our composite percentile was always 98 or 99. Alas! DS's composite percentile was 2. Seriously - there were many sections of the test where he could have done better had he just randomly filled in the blanks - he would get 1 out of 8 right or 0 out of 6 (and that's out of the questions he attempted, not just out of all of them including ones he didn't get to). Granted, we do a Charlotte Mason approach with lots of reading aloud and very little seat work. For math, we were doing Math Mammoth but DS got overwhelmed with worksheets so we switched to Ray's which I do orally with him. Spelling is done orally. We don't do map drills (though we look at maps and talk about where things happened). We cover capitalization and punctuation in copywork and dictation, but ds is notorious for copying all the words and leaving out all of the punctuation (and I do point out to him what he missed and make him fix it). But seriously, he totally bombed the test. When he took it I knew things weren't going well because he told me he finished early and got to read his book but then I got an email from the admin after the first day saying he didn't finish the tests and filled in a lot of "D" answers. The next day when I dropped him off, I looked at his test and showed him in the book how to know when he was finished with a test. I also explained that if he was putting the same answer for more than two questions in a row, he was probably answering some of them incorrectly. He did finish the tests better the second day. So I wasn't expecting stellar results. We don't have to do the test for reporting purposes - it was just for our own use. But we would like our kids to do well on tests as that is a very easy way to qualify for college and scholarships and such. DS will be 9 in July - his birthday is 5 days before the current cutoff (it used to be 3 months later than it is now) so maturity could be a factor. But still...do I need to embroider a scarlet F for FAIL to my bodice? Yikes! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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