Checking in on Your Child’s Learning Progress

By: Savanna Buckner

Last Upated: July 6, 2021


As students, parents, and teachers struggle with school reopenings, emergency remote learning, and hybrid models, a big question looms over the upcoming school year: what did students not learn last year? Learning loss is real. The chaos in K-12 education over the past year, combined with the psychological and emotional toll wrought by the pandemic, leaves students across the country vulnerable to starting the 2021-2022 school year behind where they need to be.

Parents can use a variety of assessment tools to check in on their children’s education progress. 

How can parents assess whether their students are learning at grade level? There are a variety of free online assessments that parents can use to gauge their children’s progress and readiness. In addition, parents can pay for their child to take a nationally norm-referenced assessment test, such as the Stanford Ten (in online form) or the Terranova 2 (in booklet form.

Check the tabs below for free assessment resources. We’ve also rounded up free at-home learning resources for families and tips for choosing a school!

  • A2Z Homeschooling Reading Level Assessment Tools

  • The Abecedarian Reading Assessment (Grades K-1)

  • Varsity Tutors' English Assessments (Grades K-8)

  • National Institute for Direct Instruction's Resources

  • Education Planner's Learning Style Quiz

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