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Question: I am looking at homeschooling my daughter next year, she will be in 6th grade then. I was wanting to know, because we know how public schools are behind compared to private/homeschool classes, do I work with 5th grade to bring her up to speed with the 6th grade level or do I just go straight to the 6th grade class work? I also want to know if this will also help her ISTEP tests. As of last year Indiana is making the kids take the ISTEP exam every year opposed to taking it only in the 3rd, 6th, 8th, and 10th grades. If the child did not pass it in 10th then they would take it every year until they passed it in their senior year and if they still did not pass then they would have to take thousands of hours of remedial and then retest. If still unable to pass it then they would not graduate, even if they were straight A students. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Dear Parent,

Thank you for your question!

It seems wise to start her in the 5th grade curriculum, and work her up to 6th grade level.  If this is easy for her, you can always use the materials as review, and go at a faster pace.  This way you can make extra sure that she will be fully prepared for the 6th grade curriculum.  Students who have used CHC's curriculum have successfully passed the proficiency tests required for their states.  However, you can get an idea of what is required on the ISTEP test, by going to the Indiana Department of Education's website.  I believe there are books you can buy, that specifically help students prepare for the ISTEP.

God bless you and your family!

Laura Nicholson

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