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How to Find God's Grading Scale

How to Find God's Grading Scale
How to Find God's Grading Scale When our children were still in middle school, many years ago, I didn’t know anything about homeschooling high school, which made me really anxious. Consequently, I did what I always do when I’m anxious - I ate cookies and I researched like crazy. I researched transcripts, course descriptions, curriculum, and grading - the whole shebang. Both helped (the cookies and the research), and eventually I became much more confident and...
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4 Ways to Earn High School Credit

4 Ways to Earn High School Credit
4 Ways to Earn High School Credit There are different ways to earn high school credit. 1. Credit based on high school level work at any age You'll know it's high school level because someone will tell you. Common examples include math (Algebra 1 and higher), science (high school biology textbook or greater), and foreign language (using a high school level curriculum). 2. Credit based on hours worked at high school age Count or estimate hours....
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How to Evaluate without Tests

How to Evaluate without Tests
How to Evaluate without Tests What I don't want you to do is create a test for each subject in order to evaluate your child. What I do want you to do is think about how you are already evaluating your child. What I do want you to do is give a grade for every subject . Following me so far? No tests are necessary. There are many ways to give grades without tests. You might...
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How Many Credits?

How Many Credits?
  Homeschool parents can be worriers, "Do I have enough structure in my homeschool? Not enough? Are my grades too lenient? Too strict?" In addition to a long list of other potential worries, some parents wonder about homeschool credits and whether their child will have enough to graduate, while others are embarrassed by the large number their child has accrued. How many is normal? Let’s take a look at the possibilities. Not Enough Credits If you...
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Evaluating Classes and Estimating Grades

Evaluating Classes and Estimating Grades
Evaluating Classes and Estimating Grades Unless you’re one of those super-conscientious homeschool parents who keep all your homeschool records up to date, you probably need to spend a little time catching up on record keeping. Grading, filing, and planning are all important, especially in the high school years! If any of this feels intimidating to you, let me encourage you that you’re not alone. Many parents feel unsure of themselves, especially when it comes to grading...
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Taking the Magic and Mystery Out of Grading

Taking the Magic and Mystery Out of Grading
Taking the Magic and Mystery Out of Grading Many of the homeschool parents I talk to seem to get really stressed out about assigning grades to their students’ work. Parents often think there is a magic, mysterious, official formula to follow that will remove all subjectivity out of the process. But all grades have some level of subjectivity. Take a look at RateMyProfessor.com and read the comments college students make about their professors. Here are some...
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Non-Traditional Ways to Determine High School Credit

Non-Traditional Ways to Determine High School Credit
Non-Traditional Ways to Determine High School Credit There are many different ways you can determine high school ( and sometimes college ) credit for your homeschool student. It's one of the great things about homeschooling! The usual test-and-quiz evaluation method isn't the only way to give your child credit on their high school transcript. Other methods are just as legitimate, and in some cases even easier! One way your child can earn credit is through dual...
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How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Transcript

How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Transcript
Follow the 6 steps below to put dual enrollment on your child's transcript. This post will tell you how to put dual enrollment on a transcript. Want to see what a scholarship-winning transcript actually looks like? Click to download The HomeScholar Record Keeping Samples Choose an acronym Create an acronym for each college or high school location where your child took classes. Like this: HCC = Highline Community College I like using the CC part of...
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Ami Brainerd
Kathleen, I had the same understanding. Maybe different colleges have different systems/designations. I don't know any local unive... Read More
Friday, 15 February 2019 21:16
Lee Binz
Each high school across the nation may assign credits for dual enrollment differently. That makes it confusing for homeschoolers w... Read More
Monday, 01 July 2019 22:07
Lee Binz
If English 103 and English 104 are each full college courses (4, 5, or 6 credits) - according to Lee's definition - they would eac... Read More
Monday, 09 April 2018 21:36
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Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar

Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar
Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar Recently I worked with Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) on a series of classes teaching parents how to determine high school credit for IEW products. We’ve known each other for many years and collaborated together on a number of projects before, and it's always fun. This time I enjoyed chatting with him about my Total Transcript Solution. This is what Andrew had to say: “If I...
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Ooops! Not Done With Math!

Ooops! Not Done With Math!
What do you do when you just aren't done with math before the year is done? Let me give you a few options, and you can decide which is best for your situation. One Book In One Year is Impossible You could measure math credits by counting hours spent on math. Some moms know their child can't complete a whole level each year. For them it makes sense to embrace the way God made your child,...
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How Do I Show 8th Grade Classes on a High School Transcript?

How Do I Show 8th Grade Classes on a High School Transcript?
I get this question a lot: My daughter is in 8th grade and has completed a couple of High school courses this year.  How should I show it on her transcript? If your child hasn't started high school yet, he or she can still earn high school credit. If she has done Algebra 1 or higher, high school biology or higher, or high school foreign language, then it does go on the transcript. Here's how. Curious...
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Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades

Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades
Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades What do you do? What do you do when your test scores don't match your homeschool grades? First rule of homeschooling - do not panic! Especially with the first time taking the SAT or ACT, the scores may not be accurate as the child is adjusting to the test. Tammy asked this question on my Video Tip of the Week . I have been working through my daughter’s transcripts,...
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The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript

The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript
The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript I always recommend that parents put grades on every class on your homeschool transcript. Either letter grades (A, B, C) or number grades (4.0, 3.5, 3.) will be equally helpful, but grades are important. I do not recommend using Pass or Fail on your transcript. Colleges award scholarships based on the GPA of your child - and the GPA is determined by the grades you provide. Without grades,...
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Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning

Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning
Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning One problem I sometimes see is parents who repeatedly start over every time they buy new curriculum. That's what I want you to avoid. Instead, keep your focus on "challenging, not overwhelming." Their work shouldn't be boring, and they should be actively learning, but the work should also be easy enough so they can be successful - and not in over their head. If you have needed to...
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Failing Grades in Online School

Failing Grades in Online School
Failing Grades in Online School Many parents choose online classes for their students, and from time to time will experience the "crash and burn" of failing grades from these classes. How can you make sure your smart child is represented fairly on the transcript, even if your child has failed some classes? If your classes are NOT accredited , then the class and grades are essentially like a homeschool co-op, and you are completely in charge...
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