The Untests were originally developed to be used by homeschoolers in Washington state who wanted a very easy way to meet their annual homeschool testing obligation. Since 2008, Northwest Untest has expanded to serve families and teachers nationwide.
For some homeschoolers, circumstances call for less testing, less measurement; sometimes, all that is needed or wanted is to meet legal testing requirements without the hassle, pressure, and stress that often accompanies evaluation. Keep reading to learn about our assessments.
The Checklist was developed to be used by homeschoolers in Washington state who want a very easy way to meet their annual homeschool testing obligation. Educators simply "check off" or "fill in" the subjects that they covered during the school year to show state-mandated "progress."
Our Checklist Assessment is not only the easiest, but the most affordable assessment of its kind.
Parents! You are your child's best teachers. Why not use an assessment that was designed specifically for parent educators to administer?
The DIY is not just a simple and flexible assessment to administer, it includes easy to follow steps, helpful tips, and solutions to common assessment challenges. And if that is not enough, NWUT is here to assist you with your assessment questions.
The DIY adapts to the needs and ability levels of your student. In fact, it is suitable for all ages, grades, and ability levels, including non-readers, non-writers, gifted, twice exceptional, asynchronous, learning challenged, special needs, and your average, everyday student. Like all NW Untests, the DIY is un-timed. Administration can be done in as little as 90 minutes, but you have up to four weeks to submit.
Once you submit your completed assessment, you will receive your student's results by email. Our comprehensive results include curricular, activity, and resource suggestions, and helpful tips to enhance your student's learning.
Like adults, children perform best when they are relaxed and comfortable. The 1:1 Assessment is a unique, stress-free, yet highly accurate evaluation. Meet one on one with our experienced certified teacher and homeschool educator who will gently evaluate your student's academic progress in core subject areas.
No two 1:1 Assessments are exactly alike. Each one is unique to the personality, academic ability, development, interests, experiences, age, etc. of each student. Assessments typically last about one hour and begin with a meeting with the student followed by a meeting with the educator(s). Be sure to read the FAQs further down this page for more details.
Obtain the results of your student's assessment via email. Results include curricular, activity, and resource suggestions, helpful tips to enhance your student's learning, and the identification of the following:
•Grade level achievement in core subjects
•Areas in need of remediation or acceleration
•Areas in need of specialized attention, intervention, or testing due to possible significant learning differences (e.g. dyslexia, giftedness, etc.)
We are not currently accepting new customers for 1:1 Appointments. Please check back soon. Previous clients should contact us directly to set up an appointment.
Please note: All appointments are conducted by phone or via Skype.
Q: What is your return policy?
A: All sales are final. Please read the website and contact NWUT with questions prior to purchase.
Q: Is NW Untest qualified to give assessments?
A: Yes. Our assessment is administered by a state certified teacher who holds an Master's in education.
Q: What do I do with my assessment? Do I need to file them with the state or district?
A: Not likely. Check your state's requirements here. In Virginia, you will need to file them with the superintendent of your assigned public school district by August 1, each year. It is strongly recommended you keep a copy of your assessment results on file as part of your student's academic portfolio.
Q: Is it true that homeschoolers in some states need to be tested each year by law?
A: Yes. Check your state's requirements here. NW Untest meets state annual assessment requirements in Washington state and Virginia. In Washington state, all homeschooled students ages 8 to 18 must participate in annual testing. In Virginia, all homeschooled students ages 6 to 18 must participate in annual testing. Parents may choose between a non-test assessment such as the one offered by Northwest Untest, or may opt for standardized testing.
Q: Is there an assessment deadline I must meet?
A: No, unless you are in Virginia where there is an August 1 deadline to submit assessment results to your district's superintendent. Read more about testing requirements in Virginia here.
Northwest Untest is a Seattle-based company founded in 2008 to provide an alternative to standardized testing for Washington state homeschoolers. Their unique brand of assessments was created with the intent of helping parents who wanted a more holistic view of their student's progress. Thus, the "Untest" was born. Northwest Untest has since expanded to serve homeschoolers all over the country, and in 2016 became part of SpritelyMind.
"It makes no sense to measure individual students receiving a non-traditional education by traditional methods designed to measure the masses.""Standardized tests are designed with a specific purpose that does not include aiding the parent educator in developing a tailored learning plan for their students. Non-test assessments generally lack the flexibility that many families require."-Patrice Davila, Founder
A: An "Untest" is a unique method of assessment specifically designed by and for parent educators who want a more holistic, relevant, and personalized assessment experience for their children.
A: As the old adage goes, "you can't manage what you don't measure." Assessment is an essential component of active homeschooling. Not assessing, is leaving your student's education to chance.
A: Northwest Untest is owned and operated by Patrice Davila, a homeschooling mom and certified teacher who knows and understands kids and homeschoolers. She has been running Northwest Untest since 2008. In 2016, NWUT merged with SpritelyMind to provide assessment services.
A: Absolutely! Our assessments can be used everywhere, by everyone regardless of your state's laws. However, there are a some states that have specific laws regarding homeschool testing. Contact us or your local test / assessment provider and tell them that you want Northwest Untest to administer your state mandated testing today. Don't sit on you ask.
A: SBU results are instant. Teacher Administered are typically available within a week of submission. However, it may be longer during the peak season. NWUT tries to get results out as fast as possible, but because we give individual attention and feedback on our assessments and we do not limit the number of assessments we provide, it may take a bit longer to process when we experience a high volume of submissions. We will not turn customers away, nor will we sacrifice quality. If you need your results sooner, please let us know.
A: No. While we recognize and appreciate the role of standardized testing, offering them is not consistent with our core beliefs, and would force us to change our name from "Untest." Seriously, we prefer to keep to the principles of Alfie Kohn and John Holt with regard to testing. We believe that if a child is to be evaluated, a holistic approach should be taken where the whole child is considered. NWUT also supports the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. Read about their work on standardized testing at www.fairtest.org.
A: Not likely, but you should check with your state's homeschool laws. Typically your local homeschool organization can provide that information most accurately. No matter what, you will want to keep all assessments on file as part of your student's academic portfolio.
A: Why not? They are simply awesome! Seriously, for many homeschoolers, circumstances call for less testing, less measurement. Sometimes, all that is needed or wanted is a "progress check-in" by a neutral third party or to meet legal testing requirements without the hassle, pressure, and stress that often accompanies evaluation. There are many reasons homeschoolers choose our assessments. Below list just a few of the reasons:
A: No (and we wouldn't want to). However, we can help you understand the way your child learns and identify ways to help him/her learn more effectively. Moreover we can help you by giving you tools to help be your child's best teacher, advocate, and cheerleader (all while strengthening your relationship). If nothing else, we can point you in the direction of a professional who can make a diagnosis if necessary.
A: All sales are final. A lot of time and effort is and has been placed in the development of these assessments. Please read the website and contact NWUT with questions prior to purchase.
A: Yes. All Northwest Untest assessments meet the annual assessment requirement.
A: Yes. Our assessment is administered by a state certified teacher who is currently working in the field of education.
A: No. Washington state does not require that assessments be filed. However you will want to keep all assessments on file as part of your student's academic portfolio.
A: Yes. All homeschooled students ages 8 to 18 must participate in annual testing. Parents may choose between a non-test assessment such as the one offered by Northwest Untest, or may opt for standardized testing.
A: The law can be found under RCW 28A.200.010:
Home-based instruction -- Duties of parents -- Exemption from high school assessment requirements.
(1) Each parent whose child is receiving home-based instruction under RCW 28A.225.010
(4) shall have the duty to
(c) Ensure that a standardized achievement test approved by the state board of education is administered annually to the child by a qualified individual or that an annual assessment of the student's academic progress is written by a certificated person who is currently working in the field of education. The state board of education shall not require these children to meet the student learning goals, master the essential academic learning requirements, to take the assessments, or to obtain a certificate of academic achievement or a certificate of individual achievement pursuant to RCW 28A.655.061 and 28A.155.045. The standardized test administered or the annual academic progress assessment written shall be made a part of the child's permanent records. If, as a result of the annual test or assessment, it is determined that the child is not making reasonable progress consistent with his or her age or stage of development, the parent shall make a good faith effort to remedy any deficiency.
A: No, not really. Assessment must begin at the age of 8 and continue annually until the student reaches 18 or enters an educational institution, whichever comes first. Assessments may be done at any time during the calendar year.
A: All sales are final. Please read the website and contact SpritelyMind with questions prior to purchase.