Search - Quix
Search - Content
Search - News Feeds
Search - Easy Blog
Search - Tags

A Quick Grading Estimate for Homeschool Parents

Let me guess. You didn't use tests on all your homeschool subjects, right? Neither did I! And yet, somehow, my children survived! Find out how to grade subjects and classes that don't require tests with my grading estimate below.

Some homeschoolers think it's loads of fun to go back through four years of high school records and try to find or recreate every possible test, quiz, and assignment. That doesn't sound like fun to me. I was not one of those people. Plus, I've noticed that even when parents do some forensic grading like that, it doesn't really change what they know to be true. If you are not a tester in your homeschool, look beyond tests, and think of how you have evaluated. 

Consider what best reflects your child's true progress (and learning style!). While a visual learner may test well on paper, a hands-on or auditory learner may be better understood during personal interaction, rather than a paper-and-pencil test. Consider the arts - if you're student is taking piano lessons, you probably won't test, rather have a concert where you evaluate them. Get creative and know your child.

Not every class has tests, but every class on your transcript should have a final grade. Teachers in schools need tests to evaluate 30 children at a time. When homeschooling, though, we have very few students to assess at one time, and tests are not necessary in every class. To find out how to assign grades to your homeschool high school without tests, take my free class about making a transcript for your unique child.

You can easily estimate grades for classes with no tests. This estimate will help you whether you are evaluating a single assignment (like a research paper or a lab report) or an entire class (like English or PE, that may not include tests.)

Grade A or 4.0
Meets high expectations
High standardized test scores
Child love subject & parent NOT annoyed

Grade B or 3.0
Pretty good
Not worth an A
Parent could be somewhat annoyed

Grade C or 2.0
Not very good
Kept going to the next level
The parent is BOTH annoyed AND disappointed
But you know it's a C because you Kept going to the next level
Example: Algebra 1 was horrible, but kept moving to Geometry the following year. 

Grade D or below

Grade D is not recommended. It's NOT a good homeschool strategy to set your child up for failure. This is why I like parents to homeschool independently, so they have this flexibility.

If your child is getting a D in a class, drop or replace the class – if this is an accredited program, that's all you can do, you have lost control of the situation.

If your child is getting an F while homeschooling, I suggest that you change curriculum, skip the subject, or do something drastic about a bad attitude. You don't have to fail your children. It's an option, of course, but you don't have to. 

If you believe your child is getting a C or below in a homeschool class, take action to make sure they can be successful. A low grade can mean a curriculum mismatch, or that you aren't taking their learning style into consideration in your evaluation. (If you need more help finding out about learning styles, check out this article.)

If you need more help, check out my Coffee Break Book, Making the Grades; A Grouch-Free Guide to Homeschool Grading

As homeschoolers, we have the luxury of teaching our children until they meet mastery. You have the option to not go forward with a subject until they have mastered the current content. Some (our children, mostly) will consider this method to be of the meanest of the mean, but ... you will have a student that learns and comes out better on the other side of high school. (This is all part of teaching a good work ethic and doing hard things!)

Find a grading estimate that works for you. The above gives you a good jumping off point, but maybe you have more to add to your grading estimate. Share with us below in the comments if you estimate grades in a different way!

How to Put Fabulous Fun on Your Homeschool Transcr...
Homeschooling in Washington State and the Running ...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Sunday, 24 January 2021

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to

More Encouraging Posts

  • What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest

    ​You will need to demonstrate interest in a college if you want to get admitted and get scholarships. Applying to a college without showing a genuine interest in the school is likely to benefit only the college, and unlikely to benefit your child. 

    Showing demonstrated interest means you have shown,  by your actions, interest in the college and your desire

    Read More
  • Homeschooling Special Needs Students in High School

    Dealing with learning challenges is difficult, but in high school, it can become seriously concerning. You don't have to be afraid! A parent is a successful homeschooler if their child is performing to the best of their ability. It's an emotional struggle, best understood by other parents who have faced the challenge of special needs students. 

    Resources for Helping Special Needs

    Read More
  • Help! My Child Has No Interests!

    "My child is not interested in ANYTHING!!!" I hear parents complain that their child has no interests fairly often, especially from those with younger children. Hang in there! It's like children learning to ride a bicycle; they use training wheels for so long, that you think they'll never learn to ride on their own. Then suddenly - they're off! If you

    Read More
  • Is a Perfect PSAT Score Required for Merit Scholarships?

    Perfect is swell, but is a perfect PSAT score required for merit scholarships? (Of course, you could always use studying as a way to do better on all of the high school tests! Test Preparation without Getting Smarter )

    "I finished watching your DVD Getting The Big Scholarships.... it was awesome!  Thank you for taking the time to help others.  In

    Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47
  • 48
  • 49
  • 50
  • 51
  • 52
  • 53