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How to Evaluate without Tests

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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 give a grade based on what your child accomplished.

Your grade might be based on:

1/3 Reading
1/3 Research Reports
1/3 Daily Work

Or you could divide the grade by topics covered :

1/3 World History
1/3 Geography
1/3 Daily Work

Under each of these three, broad categories, you can give separate grades. Each one can be by semester, chapter, or unit like this:

1/3 World History
Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3

1/3 Reading
Semester 1
Semester 2

For writing, you could list each paper by name or topic, like this:

1/3 Research Reports
Biography
Research Report

1/3 Research Reports
Thomas Jefferson
War of 1812

Your Daily Work grade could include all the day-to-day work your child does. For example:

1/3 Daily Work
Class Participation
Oral Reports (includes discussion)
Research and Reading

You could break down your Daily Work grade more if you want to:

1/3 Daily Work
Class Participation Semester 1
Oral Reports Semester 1
Research and Reading Semester 1
Class Participation Semester 2
Oral Reports Semester 2
Research and Reading Semester 2

I don't want you to use all my ideas, only the ones that work for your homeschool. But I would love if you did not create tests for subjects that don't already include tests. It's like creating a fill in the bubble test for piano lessons - not necessary at all. You are evaluating already - simply try to figure out how you are evaluating - then write it down!

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020

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