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Last Revised: March 5, 2009
How do I keep track of our homeschooling?
What about record-keeping? What records do I need to keep?

Short Answer

It depends on your stateís regulations. Some states specify the types of records that must be kept, including attendance; some even have forms that must be completed. These can be obtained from your stateís Department of Education or state-wide homeschool support group.

If your state does not mandate specific records, you will still want to keep track of what you have done. Your records can help you track progress, show improvement, and identify areas that still need work. They are a precautionary measure in case there are any questions or complications. Some sort of records will be needed to document the studentís work and for placement purposes should you ever need to put your child back into a group classroom situation.

As the homeschooling parent, you are responsible for keeping adequate records.

  • At the very least, you should keep a listing of the curriculum you use, with complete bibliographical information such as title, author, publisher, and copyright date.
  • You will want to keep a record of the activities done each week; this can be in the form of daily or weekly lesson plans or a journal.
  • Keep all tests, projects, and lab reports. Most families keep a portfolio that contains a sampling of the studentís work, including writing assignments. A simple way to collect this information is to have a file drawer, file crate, or file box for each student, with a folder for each subject.
  • Most families have a way to keep track of progress (grading system), whether with formal grades or informal evaluations of goals and objectives.
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