Every now and then, it's helpful to have another opinion. And sometimes you learn things you otherwise never would have known.
I've recently asked for special services testing for Emperor. Mostly, I did this because I'm not getting any sort of a straight answer on "how to transfer an odd child into public school eventually, preferrably in a way that is not traumatic for everyone." The school wants to quantify how odd, exactly, the child is and whether he "qualifies for services." Hopefully they don't come back with a recommendation along the lines of, "Just send him to fifth grade next year and see what happens."
Sigh. Welp, maybe he will qualify for bunches of stuff and maybe he won't. When I get 'round to being up and mobile, I'll bring him in for a zillion tests and then we'll see what the school district has to say about my kid. I don't feel particularly threatened by the process as 1. I started the process myself and can stop at any time; and 2. homeschoolers have a good plenty of rights in this state; and 3. our school district seems to think that homeschooling is the most boring, usual thing you could ever possibly do. They get kids transferring in and out of homeschools all the time. I know several families who cycle their children so that one gets personal attention at home (this is Jake's year to homeschool; next year it will be Tim's) or homeschool just during the elementary years.
Some people who live in heavily-regulated states have told me that testing is a very helpful process for them. I don't know if these are the same people who would spend a gazillion bucks on the tests of their own accord, but they do say that they find some of the information helpful or at the very least, know that their children are on track in terms of what the children in public school are learning.
I am not teaching my child according to state standards, so I'm not going to be crushed if my child doesn't meet them. But I think it will be interesting to see what they think about his handwriting, or his vocabulary and the like, and whether the process will give me any new insights, thoughts, or sense of direction in terms of his education.
Have you been through the process of testing your children, and what did you think about the process? Did you agree with the results? Were there surprises? I'd like to hear from you in the comments just in general about testing and your children.