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Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes


When you are pulling together a curriculum from free, online, or mix-and-match sources, it's hard to figure out what to put on a transcript - especially if you aren't using tests.  No matter what you use, these general guidelines may help.


For credit value




Give credit based on the number of hours worked.  Working about 45 minutes per day, 5 days a week, most of the school year, is a 1 credit class each year.  Working 15-30 minutes per day, 5 days a week, most of the school year, is about 1/2 credit per year.


For transcript grade




Give a grade based on general performance and general evaluation. Don't factor that in. Here are some ideas to consider:


1. Grade based on a function of annoyance:  A = you are not annoyed, B = pretty annoyed, C = very annoyed.


2. Grade based on moving on:  A = met your high expectations, B = didn't meet high expectations, but probably better than public school and C = not good, but kept moving on anyway


3. Grades based on his work: A = awesome, B = better do it again, C = come on, not even close!


4. Grade based on achievement: give an SAT Subject Test or other test at home, and give a grade based on the score.


I hope that helps!  If you need more help with grades, I have an A la Carte Class on HomeschoolThruHighSchool.com called "Making the Grades" that will help. You can also get more help with my free webinar - Credits and Grades and Transcripts, Oh My!!




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Guest - Robin E. (website) on Friday, 09 December 2011 07:32

This "Grade based on a function of annoyance:" made me laugh out loud, and then I had to explain to my hubby why I was laughing and he just didn't get the humor. He didn't get it because he hasn't been there, but now that I'm at the end of my first semester of homeschooling highschool I've been there. I'm thinking my son may get Bs and maybe one C this semester .

This "Grade based on a function of annoyance:" made me laugh out loud, and then I had to explain to my hubby why I was laughing and he just didn't get the humor. He didn't get it because he hasn't been there, but now that I'm at the end of my first semester of homeschooling highschool I've been there. I'm thinking my son may get Bs and maybe one C this semester :D.
Guest - Lee (website) on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:02

I have a class on grading here:
http://www.thehomescholar.com/vmchk/ala-carte/making-the-grades-online-training/flypage.tpl.php
A free example here:
http://www.thehomescholar.com/record-keeping-samples.php
And a bunches and bunches of other information in my book:
https://www.createspace.com/3408564

I hope that helps!
Blessings,
Lee

I have a class on grading here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/vmchk/ala-carte/making-the-grades-online-training/flypage.tpl.php A free example here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/record-keeping-samples.php And a bunches and bunches of other information in my book: https://www.createspace.com/3408564 I hope that helps! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Cherie (website) on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:57

So, how would you document on your course description that the grade was based on something less-than-objective (options 1, 2, or 3 above)?

So, how would you document on your course description that the grade was based on something less-than-objective (options 1, 2, or 3 above)?
Guest - Vanessa S on Monday, 05 December 2011 16:55

I sure hope you don't change the location of all these great articles I've bookmarked. I'll need them over the next 16 yrs until I get my last one graduated!!! Thanks so much for all you do, Lee. I sure appreciate you!

I sure hope you don't change the location of all these great articles I've bookmarked. I'll need them over the next 16 yrs until I get my last one graduated!!! Thanks so much for all you do, Lee. I sure appreciate you!
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