The PIAT or "Peabody" is a standardized, nationally norm-referenced achievement test that is individually administered by a trained examiner. Assessment is completed in the following areas: Reading, Math, Spelling, Science, Social Studies and Humanities. The subtests and composite scores are calculated immediately, so there is no waiting for results. The test is non-bracketed which means the results will indicate a child's grade level from K-12 in the different subtests, rather than only providing achievement level for the child's grade. The test is oral in format and almost conversational in tone. The testing experience is casual and unintimidating for the child, making it a popular test among homeschoolers. It takes 60-90 minutes to administer and score the test, but the exams are not timed. Testing is available year round and wlll assess K-12 grade levels. Testing sessions may be arranged with the following testers in your home, the tester's home or other agreed upon location. Testers may have different preferences for test location and availability. Each tester sets their fees for testing and travel costs. Be sure to discuss these matters specifically when setting your child's appointment with an Independent Peabody Tester. Ann Mathews-Lingen, MSW, LGSW, 651-503-9262, www.achievement-test.com, St. Paul, metro area and outstate by arrangement, eve & Saturday appts. available. (WJ-III Tests of Achievement offered to those who have topped the Peabody or who are applying to gifted programs that require it.) Kim Jaworski, 651-552-0044, HsRSpecialist@yahoo.com, metro area & outstate by arrangement. Barb Windholz, 651-554-3042, metro area and outstate by arrangement. Judy Vermeulen, 651-786-4040, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twin Cities area. Wendy & Jonathan Friesen, 763-229-5897, email@example.com, metro area and outstate by arrangement. Michelle Sullivan, 651-257-6719, Forest Lake area. Kim Doerfler, 952-891-1628, firstname.lastname@example.org, South Suburbs, Farmington & Northfield area. Sara Floerke, 218-624-7421, email@example.com, Duluth area. Betsy Trout, 320-203-4478, firstname.lastname@example.org, St. Cloud, Detroit Lakes and Central MN area.
February 21, 2011 by Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance