How To Homeschool:

Grading

homeschool grading with calculator

A basic component of how to homeschool is how to grade.

For a variety of reasons, some homeschoolers balk at giving grades. Of course that is their prerogative.

But several points must be considered:

  • Grades can motivate and give important feedback. While we shouldn't encourage a child to learn for the grade, grading can be a somewhat objective reflection of the student's work. (No system is perfect and human subjectivism is always in play.)

    From Home School Legal Defense Association, "Taking the time to give tests and then grade your child’s work serves as motivation for him to take his studies seriously, and then have the pleasure of either rejoicing in a skill or paper that is well done, or getting a “wake-up call” in an area that may need additional study."

  • Grades have to be faced at some point. Colleges, trade schools, certification agencies and even the driver's license bureau give grades. (Be sure to check your state's homeschool law regarding this.)

    Laura Berquist, Director of Mother of Divine Grace, states, "It is easier to get used to this system of assessment before one gets to the point where it becomes a matter of serious import."

  • Grades are expected by institutions. "Certainly, in high school children should always be given grades so that they will have a transcript to send to the colleges that they are interested in attending." Laura Berquist

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homeschool writing

How To Homeschool: Grading Papers

Divide the total number of possible points by the number correct.

For example, on a math paper there were 50 total problems. The child got 45 correct.

Divide 45 by 50 and you get --wait, let me get my calculator--90%!

Math, science, grammar and foreign language and history facts are straightforward. Partial credit can be given for partial or re-worked answers.

Evaluating compositions, electives and other assignments can be trickier. Assign ahead of time how you will score and let the student know. For example, content carries 60% of the grade, mechanics/grammar-30% and effort-10%.

Tests can count more toward the final grade.

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Grading Scales

Below are two choices:

The first may be more appropriate for the younger children while the second better for later elementary and high schoolers.

98-100=A+
94-97=A
90-93=A-
87-89=B+
84-86=B
80-83=B-
77-79=C+
74-76=C
70-73=C-
67-69=D+
64-66=D
60-63=D-
0-59=F

or

99-100=A+
95-98=A
93-94=A-
90-92=B+
87-89=B
85-86=B-
82-84=C+
79-81=C
77-78=C-
75-76=D+
72-74=D
70-71=D-
0-69+F

Grading is an important factor in "how to homeschool." Use it to your--and your child's--advantage.

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