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To grade or not to grade your homeschool child's work is a matter of preference for elementary and middle school. However, when kids enter the high school homeschool years, parents begin to worry about college admissions and GPA. While most college admissions counselors prefer to see at least two or three outside grades, rather than all parent-issued ones, you can still prepare a high school transcript with an indisputable GPA.

Keeping a clear record of how grades are assigned is essential to maintaining grading integrity. A homeschool graduate with a 4.0 based on all parent-issued grades may get a lot of eye rolls. However, being able to provide documentation for how that 4.0 was determined will help to keep the nay-sayers at bay.

Grading Tests

Some homeschool curriculum comes complete with tests and quizzes to give the kids. For a math class, it's reasonable to determine a final class grade based on an average of those scores.

To average grades, you add them all together. Then, you divide that sum by the total number of tests. For example, if your child earned a 93, 79, 84, 90, and 87 on their tests, the sum of those scores would be 433. When divided by 5, their final score would be 86.6 - or a solid B.

You might decide to double the weight of the test grades over quiz grades; OR double the weight of a final exam over of the year's test average. For example, say your child earned an 88 on their final exam and had a 92 average on all her tests. Doubling the final exam would look like this:

(88 + 88) + 94 = 270           270 / 3 = 90.0

Rubric Grading

Humanities classes, like English, can prove to be a little trickier to grade.

If you're not giving tests in a certain homeschool class, then you may want to create a scoring rubric that will help you determine the end of year grade. A rubric is a pre-determined set of criteria that specifically states how many possible points can be earned.

For example, an English class rubric might look like this:

AssignmentPossible Points Total Points
15 Vocabulary Quizzes 10 pts each 150
4 Book Reports 50 pts each 200
1 Research Paper 200 pts each 200

Earn between 495 to 550 points = A
Earn between 440 to 494 points = B


If you decide to create a class rubric, you will want to also create assignment rubrics, also. Each rubric breaks down precisely how you can earn the maximum number of points for that assignment, such as:

CriteriaPossible Points
Theisis Statement10
Supporting Arguments
Require 4 supporting paragraphs
25pts each
Word Choice and Variety20

Creating a file system in your first year of high school homeschooling will help you to stay organized and ready to tackle the high school transcript process. For each parent-instructed course, you should keep a copy of the scoring rubric, along with your notes for your child's earned points. In addition, you may want to keep a portfolio of tests and completed assignments in the unlikely event that you may be asked to provide work samples or proof of grades.


April 02, 2020


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