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we're not in CA yet, still in MI and trying to raise enough to be with my husband there...so i love the idea about still trying with a portfolio...is that what you mean about being artsier? I'll check into the other one, thanks. it stinks to have to play 'by the rules' but as an artist myself, i know sometimes we have to.
i saw some questions from the GED and i'm not sure most highschool students could pass it! or most adults for that matter! it's the same test in all states, right?
If your husband is living in California, you can probably have your daughter take the CHSPE (California High School Proficiency Exam) which is a GED equivalent that, in California at least, is better than having a GED in that CA state law requires any employer or educational institution to regard it as exactly the same as a diploma, so they can't legally prefer actual diplomas for a position over people who have passed the CHSPE.
I took it when I was 16, and I don't recall it being terribly difficult.
I don't know if it would transfer to your state but in Washington there is a group called the Family Learning Organization. They can help and <3 unschoolers.
They have so much help and advice when it comes to assessment and your options. In Washington you have to have an assessment done by a teacher currently teaching in the state, this is a group of teachers supportive of natural learning.
We do the checklist assessment because there is no time limit on it ( or the freestyle assessment) when I first found them we did multiple checklist assessments in the same year, the teachers looked them over and sent me back a form that said he completed the grade requirements and I never had to make him sit down and take any tests.
They also have standardized tests
and preparation booklets and stuff, I would get the preparation materials first( if she decided to go this route) because once you order the tests it needs to be back at F.L.O. within two weeks (unless it is a freestyle or checklist assessment)
If it works for your state I would recommend the freestyle assessment because it is all about her accomplishments and has no time limit. Not only would empower her but she would get a letter back saying she completed her current grade level which might be grade 12. Even if it's not the legal requirement it may be the thing that makes her portfolio not only artistic but schoolish.
I think it's 30 dollars.
Many teachers don't understand homeschool laws and think that it's all about hours. I recommend emailing these people to find help with this. ~Charissa