To Grade or Not to Grade?

In states like Mississippi, where there are no reporting requirements for homeschoolers, many families choose not to grade, but instead seek mastery in their children’s work.  Mastery learning is all about knowing a student’s individual accomplishments.  You will know if your child can carry or borrow in addition or subtraction,  because you see their work everyday and you know whether they’ve mastered it.  

You may wish to keep a mastery record instead of a grade record.  A mastery record simply looks like a list of objectives that you want your child to learn.  When they understand it, you can check it off the list, date it if you choose, or keep a detailed comment. This works really well for preschool and early elementary. Below is a sample mastery record.  I indicates introduced, P indicates progressing, and M equals mastered.

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Once you get to high school, regardless of state requirements you will need to keep grades and document their courses. This is done on a transcript. You can create a simple record of their grades in a grade book and calculate them at the end of the year or you can average them by term It’s up to you.

A sample transcript you can download and use can be found in a previous post. Click here to read it and download the file.

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