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  • dpxtn7
    Hi all, I m wondering if special needs students at Village Home have to take the testing or if they can opt out. I don t know your kids but my guy shuts down
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 6, 2004
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      Hi all,
      I'm wondering if special needs students at Village Home have to take the testing or if they
      can opt out. I don't know your kids but my guy shuts down when being tested. Does
      anyone have the name of someone who is good at testing autistic kids? My son has got a
      couple years before the 8th grade testing but I would like him to test every year to get
      him used to the idea. The last time he tested was in FL. The teacher we used also had a
      phsyc degree. It was a good match. He actually tested above grade level in all but reading
      comp. It would be nice to find someone who could give recomendations after the testing
      on "gaps" that could be filled in. Thanks,
      Deb in SE Portland and Riley 13 HFA


      --- In Special_HS_OR@yahoogroups.com, "Deanna Gann" <deecgann@e...> wrote:
      > Hi Regina,
      >
      > Thanks for sharing this, it's always good to know how the wind is currently
      > blowing in Salem. Bottom line, educrats will ALWAYS look for reasons to
      > increase regulations on homeschooling. NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND is simply the
      > latest excuse used. The educrats in this state do have room to make
      > decisions on how they will use NCLB in regards to homeschooling families.
      > As far as NCLB, the intent was good, but the repercussions are just being
      > felt. YMMV,
      >
      > Deanna
      > Mom to Bridget and Erin
      >
      >
      > > [Original Message]
      > > From: rgcf541 <rgcf541@y...>
      > > To: <Special_HS_OR@yahoogroups.com>
      > > Date: 11/30/2004 9:00:24 AM
      > > Subject: [Special_HS_OR] "Home-schoolers may face new test"
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > I'm not sure how many people on this list this would apply to, but a
      > > new piece of news on proposed changes on testing requirements for
      > > Oregon homeschoolers.
      > >
      > > Regina
      > >
      > > Fr: Salem Statesman-Journal
      > >
      > > "Home-schoolers may face new test
      > >
      > > The rule applies to students who take public-school classes
      > >
      > > The Associated Press
      > >
      > >
      > > November 30, 2004
      > >
      > > BEND -- A state plan to crack down on school districts that receive
      > > money for home-schooling could require hundreds of students to take
      > > a standardized test.
      > >
      > > The Oregon Department of Education policy change will require home-
      > > schooled students to take the Oregon Statewide Assessment test if
      > > they receive tutoring or take special classes in reading and
      > > literature, math or science paid by public schools.
      > >
      > > Children schooled at home already must take a national standardized
      > > test in third, fifth, eighth and 10th grades.
      > >
      > > But the federal No Child Left Behind Act has put added pressure on
      > > the state to test all students who benefit from public-education
      > > funding, said Cliff Brush, an education specialist for the state.
      > >
      > > No Child Left Behind grades schools based on how many of their
      > > students take assessment tests, as well as how they perform on the
      > > tests, he said.
      > >
      > > Some districts already are testing home-schooled students, but
      > > others, particularly smaller districts in rural areas, often do not,
      > > Brush said.
      > >
      > > Salem-Keizer allows home-school students to take state tests in
      > > their neighborhood school, if their parents wish, said Catherine
      > > Carlson, district coordinator of testing and evaluation. However,
      > > those students' scores are not tallied when measuring how well the
      > > student body of a specific school did on the state tests.
      > >
      > > Carlson said principals from the district have been contacting her,
      > > asking about the impact of the changing state policy. She said she
      > > doesn't know the answer, because she doesn't know how many home-
      > > schooled students live within the district's boundaries.
      > >
      > > Education officials are touring the state to explain the new policy
      > > and to determine how many districts are following the law. A report
      > > is due by the end of the year, Brush said.
      > >
      > > State officials met with Sisters School District Superintendent Ted
      > > Thonstad earlier this month to explain the policy. According to
      > > Thonstad, cutting costs, as well as increasing accountability, may
      > > be behind the push to test home-schooled students. Districts that
      > > provide services to home-schooled students receive state funding."
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Yahoo! Groups Links
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
    • Tammy Liscia
      If you have a PDP, it shouldn t matter whether he takes classes at Village Home or not. Tammy ... From: dpxtn7 To: Special_HS_OR@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday,
      Message 2 of 5 , Dec 6, 2004
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        If you have a PDP, it shouldn't matter whether he takes classes at Village Home or not. 
         
        Tammy  
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: dpxtn7
        Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 1:11 PM
        Subject: [Special_HS_OR] Re: "Home-schoolers may face new test"


        Hi all,
        I'm wondering if special needs students at Village Home have to take the testing or if they
        can opt out. I don't know your kids but my guy shuts down when being tested. Does
        anyone have the name of someone who is good at testing autistic kids? My son has got a
        couple years before  the 8th grade testing but I would like him to test every year to get
        him used to the idea. The last time he tested was in FL.  The teacher we used also had a
        phsyc degree. It was a good match. He actually tested above grade level in all but reading
        comp. It would be nice to find someone who could give recomendations after the testing
        on "gaps" that could be filled in. Thanks,
        Deb in SE Portland and Riley 13 HFA


        --- In Special_HS_OR@yahoogroups.com, "Deanna Gann" <deecgann@e...> wrote:
        > Hi Regina,
        >
        > Thanks for sharing this, it's always good to know how the wind is currently
        > blowing in Salem.  Bottom line, educrats will ALWAYS look for reasons to
        > increase regulations on homeschooling.  NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND is simply the
        > latest excuse used.  The educrats in this state do have room to make
        > decisions on how they will use NCLB in regards to homeschooling families.
        > As far as NCLB, the intent was good, but the repercussions are just being
        > felt.  YMMV,
        >
        > Deanna
        > Mom to Bridget and Erin
        >
        >
        > > [Original Message]
        > > From: rgcf541 <rgcf541@y...>
        > > To: <Special_HS_OR@yahoogroups.com>
        > > Date: 11/30/2004 9:00:24 AM
        > > Subject: [Special_HS_OR] "Home-schoolers may face new test"
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > I'm not sure how many people on this list this would apply to, but a
        > > new piece of news on proposed changes on testing requirements for
        > > Oregon homeschoolers.
        > >
        > > Regina
        > >
        > > Fr: Salem Statesman-Journal
        > >
        > > "Home-schoolers may face new test
        > >
        > > The rule applies to students who take public-school classes
        > >
        > > The Associated Press
        > >
        > >
        > > November 30, 2004
        > >
        > > BEND -- A state plan to crack down on school districts that receive
        > > money for home-schooling could require hundreds of students to take
        > > a standardized test.
        > >
        > > The Oregon Department of Education policy change will require home-
        > > schooled students to take the Oregon Statewide Assessment test if
        > > they receive tutoring or take special classes in reading and
        > > literature, math or science paid by public schools.
        > >
        > > Children schooled at home already must take a national standardized
        > > test in third, fifth, eighth and 10th grades.
        > >
        > > But the federal No Child Left Behind Act has put added pressure on
        > > the state to test all students who benefit from public-education
        > > funding, said Cliff Brush, an education specialist for the state.
        > >
        > > No Child Left Behind grades schools based on how many of their
        > > students take assessment tests, as well as how they perform on the
        > > tests, he said.
        > >
        > > Some districts already are testing home-schooled students, but
        > > others, particularly smaller districts in rural areas, often do not,
        > > Brush said.
        > >
        > > Salem-Keizer allows home-school students to take state tests in
        > > their neighborhood school, if their parents wish, said Catherine
        > > Carlson, district coordinator of testing and evaluation. However,
        > > those students' scores are not tallied when measuring how well the
        > > student body of a specific school did on the state tests.
        > >
        > > Carlson said principals from the district have been contacting her,
        > > asking about the impact of the changing state policy. She said she
        > > doesn't know the answer, because she doesn't know how many home-
        > > schooled students live within the district's boundaries.
        > >
        > > Education officials are touring the state to explain the new policy
        > > and to determine how many districts are following the law. A report
        > > is due by the end of the year, Brush said.
        > >
        > > State officials met with Sisters School District Superintendent Ted
        > > Thonstad earlier this month to explain the policy. According to
        > > Thonstad, cutting costs, as well as increasing accountability, may
        > > be behind the push to test home-schooled students. Districts that
        > > provide services to home-schooled students receive state funding."
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > 
        > > Yahoo! Groups Links
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > 
        > >
        > >
        > >




      • ginagrrg
        Deb, It is my understanding that only those who signed up for the core content choices would have the EXTRA testing option this year (in terms of Village
        Message 3 of 5 , Dec 7, 2004
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          Deb,
          It is my understanding that only those who signed up for the core
          content choices would have the EXTRA testing option this year (in
          terms of Village students). My familly does the standardized tests
          annually as skipping years stresses my kids out. It seems less of a
          big deal to them if it's just part of what they do every year. My son
          doesn't test well and I plan on asking Lorelynn (Village's program
          director) to do our testing in a private setting this year. I think
          she is a good match for my kids because her personality is similar to
          mine, my kids are comfortable around her and she is not a stranger to
          them, she is very familiar with relaxation techniques and is aware of
          my son's special needs. I am open to doing a very small group thing
          to help cut costs but we most definately won't be participating in the
          Village Home testing as my son doesn't do well in large groups. She
          seemed open to this option when I approached her about it last year;
          as long as it was during her "down time" in summer. Amy Grant has a
          relaxed tester that she likes I just don't remember the woman's name.
          I'm sure you coulld find out via ORsig or Oregon Home as Amy is on
          both lists.
          Gina

          --- In Special_HS_OR@yahoogroups.com, "dpxtn7" <paxtonz@j...> wrote:
          >
          > Hi all,
          > I'm wondering if special needs students at Village Home have to take
          the testing or if they
          > can opt out. I don't know your kids but my guy shuts down when being
          tested. Does
          > anyone have the name of someone who is good at testing autistic
          kids? My son has got a
          > couple years before the 8th grade testing but I would like him to
          test every year to get
          > him used to the idea. The last time he tested was in FL. The
          teacher we used also had a
          > phsyc degree. It was a good match. He actually tested above grade
          level in all but reading
          > comp. It would be nice to find someone who could give recomendations
          after the testing
          > on "gaps" that could be filled in. Thanks,
          > Deb in SE Portland and Riley 13 HFA
          >
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