How many hours should my child be learning every day?
Keep in mind that the state of Ohio requires a minimum of 900 hours of learning to take place each year. How you spend those hours will be up to you and it vary based upon the age of the child. Several experts recommend adding an hour for each year of schooling. This, however, does not necessarily mean strict seat work time. Included in this time can be field trips, cooking with you, nature hikes in which the child is observing the natural world, music lessons, or art classes. Be creative!
Which form of assessment is right for my child?
This is up to you, the teacher. Some parents choose to alternate a portfolio assessment one year, and then have the child take a standardized test the following year.
Should I have my child do a portfolio assessment or a standardized test at the end of the year?
There are many benefits to both portfolio and standardized assessments. Standardized assessments are good for assessing a child’s skill set and to discover any gaps in their knowledge base. Standardized testing also provides practice for test taking skills, which can be helpful for future testing situations, such as college entrance tests. Common norm-referenced tests are the Iowa and the Stanford tests. Portfolio assessments are often times less stressful for the child and are usually recommended especially for younger students. Portfolio assessments can determine a child’s strengths and weaknesses and are a way to show other important abilities not shown on a standardized test, such as determination, grit, and perseverance. Portfolio assessments are also beneficial for those who teach using project based learning.