Personalized Achievement Summary System
You may be concerned with the stresses involved in various testing programs
and the destructive labeling that sometimes follows. Yet you know that an
evaluative tool is important in determining whether your student is progressing
and in judging what learning objectives still need to be met. For the home-schooling
parent there is an added area of concern. You sometimes question your ability
to teach your student or perhaps more accurately, to know whether your teaching
methods are adequate to meet his or her scholastic needs. Testing will identify
strengths and weaknesses in your student’s skills and can be a confidence
booster for you and your student.
The PASS Test was developed specifically for home schoolers. It has certain
similarities to other achievement tests in that it measures student achievement
in the subjects of reading, language, and mathematics. But it has important differences:
- It was designed for parents to administer at home. This can greatly reduce
the stress level of testing. We do not require that a certified teacher
- It is untimed, which helps students relax.
- It consists of many test levels instead of one per grade. As a result, students
take a shorter test and find most questions challenging but not frustrating.
By contrast, tests for an entire grade must cover a broad range of abilities and
therefore many items are either too hard or too easy. A brief placement test is
included with the PASS to help choose a test level of appropriate difficulty.
- While the PASS results show personal achievement and national percentile
comparisons like other tests, they also include home school percentiles and
improvement suggestions for each subject.
- Because of the inherent stress of testing and our informal approach to teaching
lower elementary grades, the PASS test is only available for grades three through eight.
The states of Alaska, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Hawaii, and
Washington have officially approved the PASS Test for purposes of state reporting.
In these states and others which require testing, you should check with your
local school district to make sure it meets their requirements.
The most accurate measure of academic growth is achieved by testing both
at the beginning of your school year, and then again at the end. PASS Tests
can be ordered at any time during the year, but they must be at least six
months apart. We request you administer the test and return it within four weeks.
Once the test has been returned, we will score it and send you a detailed
analysis of the student’s performance typically within two weeks.
You must be the student’s parent or guardian to order the PASS test online.
If you are a third party such as a grandparent, teacher, or coordinator of group testing,
please contact our office and we will be happy to take your order.
The price of each student’s PASS test including U.S. shipping is:
- $36.00 for one test
- $33.00 each for quantities of 2 to 9 tests
- $27.00 each for quantities of 10 to 19 tests
- $24.00 each for quantities of 20 or more tests