Saturday, May 7, 2011

Test Day!

Wow, things have been crazy busy here! What with holidays, visiting family, finishing up the end of our home school year, testing, and everyday odds and ends, I think we're in need of a vacation.

The other day I mentioned that Sierra was due for her required testing. Home school students in Oregon are required to be tested after grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. This was Sierra's first ever BIG test, and we were a little nervous. I had no worries about her meeting grade level requirements, but I did worry about her lack of experience with testing. We've done our own math tests and quizzes, but a good portion of the time Sierra is free to ask questions or obtain help. Besides, this test was at an unfamiliar testing center with an instructor whom she'd never met. All adding up to a situation that was nerve-wracking, to say the least.


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Sierra and her best friend before testing began.

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A small snack break between the Language Arts and Math portions.


And then . . . .

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One of the best parts of the day! A celebratory lunch out with friends.


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And this sweet "forever friends" necklace from a very dear friend.

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We were surprised and happy {and a little nervous!} to find out that results would be available by the time we were finished with lunch. So we swung back by the testing center and awaited the scores, as well as a short meeting with the instructor.

Sierra did so well. She was above grade level in all areas, and even tested at an end-of-5th-grade level for the math portion. Needless to say, we are all so very proud of her. And also breathing a small sigh of relief that it is over!

Our sweet girl is growing into such a beautiful, talented, and smart young lady.

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10 comments :

Jenny said...

That is so exciting! What a smart AND pretty girl you have!

Holly said...

How exciting, what a smart little lady you have :) & I love those friendship necklaces, I remember those when I was little!

MiMi said...

Oh, that's so cool!! Yay for brilliant girls! :)
She really is adorable and that necklace is awesome.

MomBrose said...

Of course she's advanced :) I'm so glad that test is over though. I know it had to be nerve wracking. We're getting ready to start state testing here and I'm trying to remind Reagan that it's no big deal (even though I know it is!!). :)

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Liz that is amazing! That just shows that you are a great teacher and an even better mama! Way to go Sierra:)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Congrats to your sweetie pie!!! Love those photos...so glad she is doing so well!
xo

Connie said...

That's great!

You're doing a great job with her Mama!

Kelli said...

Great results...she must have an amazing teacher ;) I love that she was able to hang out with her best friend for lunch.

shortmama said...

Yay for Sierra! Good job mama!

jennohara said...

Yay! You both must have felt SO good after that! What a huge thing to have have done and now you can both relax. You must be doing a great job! :)
She's so beautiful!!

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