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The eTAP Teaching Assistance Program is able to offer more value because:Back to Top

  • eTAP is designed for self-instruction by the student or with guidance from their teacher or parent, reducing the high administration costs charged by other programs,
  • it is online, eliminating the cost of printing textbooks, and other instructional materials,
  • we rely on word-of-mouth referrals, instead of expensive marketing campaigns and sales staff, (Please tell your friends so we can keep our membership costs low!)
  • eTAP is a non-profit organization, providing affordable quality education materials as our corporate mission.

 

Is eTAP a good value for my limited home schooling budget? Back to Top

Many homeschoolers have told us that other Home School programs asked them to pay $1,000 for registration only. Other sites charge yearly for one subject and one grade. Most other programs charge for each child.  Our standard membership provides you all grades and subjects for the entire family. Yes, eTAP has no registration fee, only a membership fee of $45 per month which includes use by all your family members and access to all grades and subjects, plus test prep courses for the SAT, GED, ACT, etc. Also our "all-in-one" program saves the cost of buying a different program for each subject and/or grade. We have done the research to find all the free internet educational resources and connected them with the appropriate instructional item. This saves time and gives the homeschooler a more seamless home school educational experience.

 

Is the eTAP Teaching Assistance Program accredited? Back to Top

The State of California has reviewed our program and found it to be in compliance with their state standards. Each state, however, has its own system of approval. Most states have found eTAP's content satisfactory for homeschool use and some states are using it for their public school programs. You can request that your local school officials review our website.

 

Who created the eTAP materials? Back to Top

eTAP's instruction was developed by experienced curriculum developers who have also created materials for leading publishers, including McGraw-Hill and Prentice Hall. Many of our authors also hold PhDs in their subject area and have held teaching positions at schools across the country. And to assure your confidence, our materials have also been reviewed by the CLRN (California Learning Resources Network) and are in compliance with the standards of the California State Board of Education. 

 

What do we need for our child to advance from homeschool or independent study to college? What credentials do they earn? Back to Top

 eTAP has a private school in California, called Pacific International Academy, that can provide a high school diploma. In addition, eTAP includes a test prep course for the  GED (General Educational Development) test which is internationally accepted by most Colleges and Universities.  For entrance to most Colleges and Universities, the  SAT and/or ACT are also required. eTAP also provides Test Prep courses for these exams at no additional cost.  In the United States we recomend attendance at a Community College, after which you can transfer a four-year University. 

 

How do we find out the home school laws for our state? Back to Top

Home School Legal Defense Association provides a comprehensive list of State Homeschool Laws. Or search on Google for "Homeschooling (your state or city)." This will connect you with local home school information and support groups that list your state's requirements. We also recommend Home Schooling support organizations, such as, California Homeschool Network, Texas Home School Coalition, and  New York Home Educator’s Network

 

What Student Progress Documentation is needed to meet our State or Charter School requirements? Back to Top

If you are a parent using eTAP to supervise your child's education at home, we recommend a portfolio record of all work, including worksheets, problems and tests that your student completes. Because eTAP meets national and key state standards, you can use this record to satisfy local state officials as to how you are or have been educating your children. Should you later decide to enroll your child in a traditional school, this portfolio will serve as a strong grade placement guideline.

 

Why are eTAP's lessons and units of instruction so short? Back to Top

The lessons are short to allow mastery in the learning process. This is especially important for students with different learning styles. Many researchers say that students are motivated by success. In our school testing, the shorter instruction increased student success and positively affected student motivation. Your student may always move forward at a quicker pace, if their understanding comes faster.

 

Why does eTAP only cover the basic content? Back to Top

You may have noticed that we provide links to free You Tube videos, such as Khan Academy, which are very popular with students. We have also provided connection to many free offsite learning resources on the internet, included games like Triple A Math, online quizzes, and static materials. Our text content and extensive assessment tools focus on a basic understanding of each subject. Yet, with all the free videos and other resources at your fingertips, our program may be the most comprehensive learning site available.

 

How does eTAP address the problems of Spiral Education? Back to Top

Our home school program is student-centered and designed to satisfy each student's individual needs. Using the internet as our delivery platform allows us to connect with a large amount of instructional videos, education games, and graphic-rich resources. Students’ learning resource selections often provide insight into their learning style and how to best develop their comprehension and subject mastery. We feel that eTAP focuses on the individual needs of students more extensively than any of our competitors.

 

Why am I asked to pay an additional $269 to access the Discovery Education videos? Back to Top

Discovery Education is a site that many school districts and homes use. And for our members who already have Discovery subscriptions, we are happy to link from our subject matter to their related video content. However, we always provide numerous links to free educational videos for those members that do not already have Discovery Education. We love the extensive library of resources that Discovery Education offers, but choosing not to purchase the Discovery Education subscription will not diminish your eTAP educational experience in any way.

What are the system requirements for eTAP?

eTAP instruction is delivered via the internet. The only requirements for using eTAP are an internet browser and an internet connection. Some lessons may have resources that require Adobe Reader or FlashPlayer, which are both available for free download. eTAP has been tested using the Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer browsers.

What resources are available for audio learners?

There are a number of text-to-speech tools available to help students who learn better from hearing the lessons than from reading them.  The University of Michigan's Dyslexia Help program has assembled a list of these tools, which covers major browsers and operating systems.

Additional plugins are:

TTS Reader (Chrome)
Select and Speak (Chrome)
Google Dictionary (Chrome)
Text-to-Speech (Firefox)
Text to Voice (Firefox)


What if I need eTAP in a language other than English?

We have the Google Translator on our website, located under the grade level selection, on the right side of the page.