The required homeschool tests (given at ending grades 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th) must be administered by an approved and registered test giver. The providers below have stated they are authorized to give the required test for homeschoolers to comply with the testing law.
Basic Skills (Counseling Services and Testing). This is a local homeschool support organization located in Oregon City, Oregon, that provides annual achievement testing for homeschoolers (required after grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 in our state). They also provide additional testing sites in various places around the Portland metro area so that you do not need to go to their main office if you do not wish (but Exodus Provisions book store is right next door, see below, so shop while your kids test!). Further resources from Basic Skills include educational consultation, tutoring and onsite classes to purchase by subject matter, a diploma extension program whereby you can homeschool at home but receive their highschool diploma (through New Covenant Christian Academy), and an annual workshop which is generally in February of each year. Go to the Basic Skills website for more details on their services and testing schedules. (Various Locations in Beaverton and Oregon City)
Home School Support Service provides small group testing in a comfortable home setting, either your home or mine. The CAT test, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, and the Stanford Achievement Test, are offered, and we specialize in testing students with special needs or those with test anxiety. Please call Megan Nixon at 503.640.6455 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org(Hillsboro)
King Fisher Curriculum Cove offers the CAT 5 (California Achievement Test). The CAT 5 covers the subject areas of Math and Language Arts and takes about 2.5 hours to complete. A state-certified tester administers the test. All grades are welcome for testing and groups are kept small to insure proper instruction. Private and Semi-private tests are available upon request. Their store sells new and used homeschool curriculum and provides some on-site classes. (Eastside Portland) This store has closed. The planned consolodation with First Class Co-Op in Vancouver has been cancelled. Updated 04/2011.
Write Worthy offers achievement testing for grades 1 through 12. Test sessions take place in a relaxed Christian home classroom and are administered by Telisa Vale, a teacher with many years’ experience in helping home schooling families. Testing is beneficial for meeting state home school requirements, documenting academic progress, and giving students experience with a structured test setting. Small group test dates are available throughout the spring and summer. The student’s test session, scores, and diagnostic profile are all included in the cost of the test. Scores are confidential and sent only to parents of the student (with an extra copy included for those needing to meet the Oregon home school testing requirement). For current dates and to reserve seats, visit the Write Worthy website. (Write Worthy also offers writing classes throughout the year; see their listing inLocal Classes and Instructors) (Beaverton) 3.5.12
For more test providers, please contact or go to the website of your local Educational Service District which will have a list of current test providers. (See OCEANetwork's chart of ESD offices.) Also, see this list from the Oregon Department of Education for test providers listed by county.
TUTORING AND COUNSELING SERVICES
Basic Skills (Counseling Services and Testing). This is a local homeschool support organization located in Oregon City, Oregon, that provides annual achievement testing for homeschoolers (required after grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 in our state). They also provide additional testing sites in various places around the Portland metro area so that you do not need to go to their main office if you do not wish (but Exodus Provisions book store is right next door, see below, so shop while your kids test!). Further resources from Basic Skills are educational consultation, tutoring and onsite classes to purchase by subject matter, a diploma extension program whereby you can homeschool at home but receive their highschool diploma (through New Covenant Christian Academy), and an annual workshop which is generally in February of each year. Go to the Basic Skills website for more details on their services and testing schedules. (Various Locations in Beaverton and Oregon City)
NEW! Blueberry House Tutoring **(Tutoring and Special Education Services) provides tutoring in all subjects for grades K-6th for all children, including those with special learning needs. Your child will be tutored in a small group setting with one or two other children ($30/hr). Private tutoring also available ($35/hr). The tutor is a homeschool mother and a certified teacher with over 30 years of classroom and tutoring experience including children with learning disabilities who need speical one on one attention. Please see the website for more information or contact Tammy at 503-481-4884, email:email@example.com
UPDATED!Clear Pathways Learning Servicesformerly Dynamic Learning Services**(Special Education Services and Counseling) Janel Shicor, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who specializes in academic and communication disorders. The root cause of many learning issues is related to the ears/brain not processing what is heard or read correctly. This is called an auditory/language processing disorder. This type of disorder is common and problems with one or more of the following occur: listening, attention, reading, spelling, comprehension, memory, following directions, organization, writing, test-taking or social skills. Children do not outgrow processing issues, but if they are correctly addressed many students can become successful, independent learners. If not addressed, these students typically struggle throughout their lives. Although many seek tutoring for help, traditional academic interventions do not address a deep enough level to treat auditory learning issues. Janel has also written two e-books to enable parents to help their children more effectively at home. These books are available on her website. Janel is a Blue Cross/Blue Shield preferred provider and is considered an out-of-network provider for those that have other medical insurance. She works with ages three through adult. Phone: 503-722-2851 (West Linn) updated Nov. 2011
Diligence classes and resources for homeschool families is the efforts of Dawnelle Breum, a State of Oregon certified k-8 teacher who has taught a variety of classes for homeschooled students. Diligence offers educational consultations, personalized academic notebooks, tutoring, and academic workshops. Workshops take place in Diligence's home classroom in Tualatin, minutes off 1-5. (Tualatin)Diligence is no longer offering its services. Updated 10/06/2010.
Imagination Rehab**(Special Education Services and Counseling)is a learning center offering individualized tutoring and group classes in reading, math, language arts and handwriting. Our program is multi-sensory and brain-based with an emphasis on using the whole body to learn and implements a thematic approach to capture the child’s imagination. Our game format is fun and allows the movement and exploration needed for kinesthetic learners, ADD/ADHD learners, children with learning disabilities, children with sensory processing issues, children on the Autism Spectrum and/or children with special needs to succeed. Many children with behavioral challenges find success in this environment. We try to capitalize on the child’s strengths. Parents are included in our sessions and encouraged in the use of our games and techniques at home. Free assessment provided. Pam Davis, owner and director, has over 30 years teaching experience. Located at 15280 NW Central Drive, Suite101 Portland, OR 97229. For more information please give us a call at 503-956-5390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Write Worthy (Parent Workshops, Testing and Classes) assists Christian home schooling families through writing classes and workshops for students in grades 3-12, as well as workshops for parents on teaching writing at home. Classes are taught by Telisa Vale, a professional and caring teacher, in her home classroom in the Beaverton area. Workshops for students and for parents are offered throughout the year. In the weekly writing classes for students, which run September-May, composition curriculum is provided for the school year; students enjoy class time and gain experience with classroom structure, while assignments guide parents as they teach writing at home. For information on upcoming classes, please visit the Write Worthy website. (Beaverton) 3.5.12