The Longitudinal Evaluation of Academic Progress, or LEAP, test is administered by our virtual charter school.
All students in grades K-8 are required to take this test twice a year. The test at the beginning of the year is used to identify a students weaknesses and strengths, academically. This test gives teachers and learning coaches the opportunity to individualize a students education plan. The test is then given, once again, at the end of the year. The end of the year test is used to judge a students progress throughout the year.
As with most tests, I do not feel this it is necessary. I am a very involved learning coach and virtual homeschool parent. While I love having a certified teacher to help individualize my child’s learning plan, I am able to gauge my students yearly progress without this test.
I do understand, however, that some parents are unable to do this.
Being part of a virtual charter school means that I am bound by their rules. While this is not a government mandated test, it is still a standardized test. As I have said before, all children learn differently and standardized, across the board, tests are not the proper way to gauge how much a child has learned.
God Bless 🙂