Homeschool Portfolio

            There are many ways to compile and present a homeschool portfolio.  A portfolio is one of many ways to track and document a child’s educational progress.  A portfolio evaluation can be used to satisfy the annual evaluation requirement under New Hampshire Home Education Law (RSA 193-A:6 and Ed 315.07).

            The contents of a homeschool portfolio may include (but need not be limited to) the following:

I.          Program Information

A.            Copy of acknowledged notification letter (See RSA 193-A:5 and Ed 315.04);

B.            Table of contents; and

C.            General summary
A brief, general summary written by the parent/guardian can be very helpful because it provides the evaluator with an overview of the home education program.

II.         Subject Summaries

A.            Subject;
This is a brief summary of the progress observed, concepts learned, and skills mastered in each subject.

B.            Content; and
This is a brief overview of basic course content for each subject.

C.            Other
This section can offer information about self-designed curriculum, activities, projects, or extra work done in each subject.

III.       Work Samples

A.             Samples of work;
Include examples of work spanning the school year to show what was accomplished.

B.            Reading list;
Include a list of books read.

C.            Field trips;
Provide information about field trips and other activities that were part of the homeschool program.

D.            Other
Include photographs, ticket stubs, newspaper articles, or any materials that provide information about the homeschool program activities.

IV.       Evaluation Results

Once the evaluation is acceptable to the parent/guardian, the evaluator and then the parent/guardian should sign the results.  A copy of the evaluation (NOT the portfolio) should be sent to the participating agency by July 1 by the parent.  The parent/guardian should retain a copy of the evaluation in his/her records.  The evaluator may retain a copy of the evaluation if he/she wishes to do so.

This information is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  It is the responsibility of each homeschooler to understand his/her rights and responsibilities under New Hampshire homeschooling law (RSA 193-A) and administrative rules (Ed 315).