So how do you know, before you sit down at the test, if your child if your child is ready to be at that grade level? That's where educational standards come in. There are national education standards, but those mostly just set the guidelines for your state's educational standards (the ones you're really going to want to look at).
I have a natural hesitancy towards working with the public school district and prefer to do as much on my own as possible, but unless you are a public school teacher finding resources for state education standards can be difficult. They are often tucked away in some dusty corner of the internet, so as to "encourage" people to ask for them rather than find them on their own.
Luckily I am one
This, my friends, has been like unschooling gold to me. There is a lot that is expected of children these days-for instance, in my state children are expected to be able to create PowerPoint presentations with minimal assistance by the end of first grade. I never would have guessed. By having a list of these standards I have been able to assess exactly where Monkey's skills lie, and create new opportunities for him involving skills that he needs more practice with. While I don't exactly teach to the grade level expectations (we, as unschoolers, are more interest driven than standard driven), there are many people who do so very successfully and no matter what kind of homeschoolers you are knowing your state's standards is just one more step in arming yourself with knowledge that will help you and your child have the best educational experience possible.
Anyone else want to share their golden homeschooling/unschooling find?