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Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education

For subjects like PE and Occupational Education - which often don't have a textbook - grading doesn't usually involve tests or written work. Are you wondering how to evaluate your child's learning without tests?

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Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education



Grading homeschool PE and occupational education can be as simple as recognizing that your children are meeting your expectations, doing what is required, and completing their work. If they do, you can feel comfortable giving them an "A" for their work. In public school, these types of classes may be graded in terms of "effort" and I think it's OK for homeschoolers to do this as well. For more on how to grade without giving tests, you can check out my YouTube video on Options for Grading Without Tests.

If you would like to see for yourself exactly how we graded PE classes and occupational education in our homeschool, you can purchase my Comprehensive Record Solution. I put it together for EXACTLY these kinds of questions. Parents want to see an example of how to grade classes like this: what to include, how to write a course description, how to determine grades, etc. Here is a sample page from the book using a regular American History class.

My PE and Occupational Education classes looked very similar. I wanted to put a grade for those classes on my children's transcripts, but you don't have to. You can't be sure a college will use non-academic grades that you provide, because some colleges do and some colleges don't. I just felt like it was my job to provide grades on the classes I taught, and my evaluations had as much credibility as any other school's evaluations.  I put it on the transcript and let the colleges use it or not use it at their discretion.

Which classes do you evaluate using methods other than tests? Please share!



Please note: This post was originally published in August 2008 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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Comments 4

Guest - Laurie Folino on Saturday, 07 March 2015 19:57

Well said, Merry!!

Well said, Merry!!
Guest - Tricia on Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:24

Lee, what do you mean by Occupational Education? Is this the same as giving credit for working? Can you do that?

Lee, what do you mean by Occupational Education? Is this the same as giving credit for working? Can you do that?
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:12

Tricia,
It is the same! Read this blog post: Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Tricia, It is the same! Read this blog post: Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Merry (website) on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 12:18

I WISH my high school had graded PE based on effort! No matter how hard I tried, I always got C's. I feel most comfortable thinking about a PE grade in terms of effort (including goal-setting) as well as ability and averaging those. I want my kids to find activities they like and can pursue for their health life-long, and I think students should be rewarded for trying hard and setting goals even if they aren't the most coordinated--those are the habits that will benefit them throughout life.

I WISH my high school had graded PE based on effort! No matter how hard I tried, I always got C's. I feel most comfortable thinking about a PE grade in terms of effort (including goal-setting) as well as ability and averaging those. I want my kids to find activities they like and can pursue for their health life-long, and I think students should be rewarded for trying hard and setting goals even if they aren't the most coordinated--those are the habits that will benefit them throughout life.
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