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Home school High School - What are the Differences Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades?

By Reginald Juan Subscribe to RSS | March 8th 2012 | Views:

Some people feel that a grade is a grade, but there is a difference between the grade on your tests and the grade on a transcript. Many homeschool parents think whenever they are using a curriculum that includes tests, and they give their child those tests, that all they will need to do is compute the average of all of those tests.

This isn't how it works. One of the things that you have to bear in mind is that when children are in a school environment they can be evaluated in a lot of different ways other than tests. They are graded on attendance, turning in of their homework, quizzes, and even if they showed up for class. They're offered extra credit on things. In fact, it's not unheard of for them to have the possibility of a 120% on their grades. So if you're evaluating your children based solely on tests, you could be actually putting them at a disadvantage.

You want to make sure that if you use tests for something, you're also balancing that with other ways, non-tests ways, that you have evaluated your children. You combine those together and that's the grade you put on your transcript.

There are also differences between transcripts and course descriptions. Colleges are going to absolutely need a transcript. They really need to know the names of the classes, what precisely it was you taught, the credit value so they know how much of it you taught, and the grade so that they recognize how well your child has learned. That is the details that is on the transcript. It is usually one-page long and it's just that, a one page overview. A little snapshot of your child which is thoroughly different than course descriptions.

Course descriptions are a paragraph long description of what you did in your class. That is where you record details like using WriteShop or supplementing with WordSmith or even writing an essay using techniques from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. That is where you get in all those kinds of details.

One little tip, if course descriptions freak you out, I suggest that you write a list. Keep a nice list, and you can go back to it later and make it into a beautiful prose of a course description. But if you just start by keeping the list, you are going to be ahead of the game.

Reginald Juan - About Author: presents in-depth details and also suggestions on homeschool college, that will help home school parents plan much better for their children's home schooling. They do also have a blog, in which they positively write educational posts on college scholarships

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