If you are homeschooling your children, you will need to make a plan for assessing their progress, as well as a plan for keeping and maintaining your child’s educational records. Assessments are a means of ascertaining what learning has taken place.
In some states, home educators are required to have their children assessed each year (or every few years) by standardized test or portfolio review. In other states, assessments are not required. We recommend that homeschooling parents have their children’s academic progress assessed annually whether or not their state requires it. This assessment should be administered by a certified teacher who is not a family member or friend.
We also recommend that homeschooling parents be proactive about maintaining good records! Your homeschool is a school, and that means you are responsible for maintaining your child’s academic records. If you conduct an annual assessment, you will have a jump start on record keeping, but there are other records that you will also need to maintain, including medical records and attendance records.
Assessments and good record keeping provide important benefits, including:
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