Not all curricula incorporates testing.TCE, Brainline & Kenweb are
are some of those Curriculum Providers that do.
"The majority of newbies like to have third party confirmation
& thus choose curricula with testing options.
Also, home schooled children often get the idea that they learn less than
their peers schools. An "outside" test can help to set them right. For
reason, all purveyors of prepackaged curriculum provide a "test" or
"examination" option, even if they do not themselves believe in
The problem with tests and examinations provided by curriculum suppliers is
the same as the problem with all tests and examinations (except the matric
exam) provided by schools: They have not been standardised, their validity
and reliabilty is unknown and where it has been determined is often dubious.
Most significantly, however: it is easy for an adversary in court to cast
doubts on the reliability of tests provided by curriculum suppliers, because
the supplier has an interest in the outcome of the test. Of course, this
applies to schools as well, but somehow people seem to assume that teachers
are above tweaking the results in order to make themselves look good.
Many families believe in the educational benefits of tests and examinations,
and no doubt, they are right where their own children are concerned. I
believe, however, that standardised tests can serve all the purposes for
which home schoolers want "testing". In addition, they are the only
that generate data that can be useful for foresic purposes if one schould
have to make the point in court."
Leendert van Oostrum