To Test or Not To Test?

What would you think if I told you I don't believe in giving tests? I have a few reasons for my line of thinking...

  • Early on in the homeschool process I realized that tests were just a repeat of the daily work we were already doing. Since I'm working with my 4 kids everyday (not classrooms full of kids) I had no problem keeping up with which things the kids needed extra practice on without giving a formal, intimidating test.
  • In a lot of ways tests are for teachers to gather data: data which I simply already know just by doing life all day, every day with my kids.

It may sound like I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth when I say this, but I do send my kids for state basic skills testing every year. It is not a requirement in our state, but I do it anyway because:

  • Test taking is a life skill to be practiced.
  • It gives me peace of mind to see their scores.
  • It's a safety net that highlights areas I may be missing.

What do you think? Do you test?