1. Give credit for what was learned - this will require giving chapter-by-chapter tests in each subject, or subject tests for each subject. You can't measure credits by hours, if the child is lying about how many hours they spend. Normally I'm not a fan of tests, but in this case it is the child's fault that testing is required. When they cheat they give you no choice but to test to see what they know before giving credit.
2. Repeat the entire year of school, and completely start over in the fall. This depends on the scope of the problem - if it was every subject, then repeating the whole year makes sense. It's easiest to accomplish if the cheating occurred freshman year, or your child is very young for their grade level.
3. Repeat the entire class for each failed class, if the problem was limited in scope. This might work if the child cheated through 3 entire classes, but the rest of school was done to your satisfaction.
4. Give a poor grade if you know the class was partly completed and partly cheated. Perhaps you might give a grade of C for subject that were done pretty well other than the cheating. Perhaps you might give a grade of D for subjects that were done poorly but they learned something even though you are sure that there was some cheating. If it's worse than that, I don't recommend an F, I recommend repeating those classes.
1. Try to eliminate the causes of cheating. It could be a curriculum mismatch, using the wrong learning style. Perhaps the child isn't being challenged enough, or is overwhelmed by how hard one subject was, making it impossible to succeed.
2. Try to eliminate the cloak that prevents you from seeing cheating. For many parents, excessive internet usage makes it hard to tell if your child is cheating or not. When they must be on the computer for school, and they are on the computer all the time, how can you know for sure they are doing school? So think about the amount of internet usage, and try to limit the number of subjects that are done online.
3. Take daily action to make sure cheating doesn't happen. A daily check-in with your child will catch any problems before they become serious issues. While you may not remember to check EVERY day, if a daily check in is your goal, you'll definitely notice a problem within a week, if there is a big issue. Read this article to learn more about checking in daily with your child: Have a Morning Meeting
This post was such a breath of fresh air!! Last year I found that my 9th grader had cheated the entire way through his Algebra. I tested him to find out what he knew and it was clear that he needed to repeat the entire class. If he didn't need to take Algebra II (which builds from Algebra I) I would have given him a lower grade and just moved on. He is now doing the class again and he is doing better and it's his own work. Praise God that we can start fresh everyday!!
My son did the same! I'm so proud of you for showing your son that there is a price to be paid, and calling him to accountability. Well done!
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