Portfolio Review/Audit: What Should We Expect if the District Audits our Portfolio?
No appointment needed.
Take photos of a few parts of the portfolio (a bit of the beginning and a bit of the end) and email them to me. (Or send screen shots or share documents or however it works better for you.)
Send a bit of the log of educational activities, a few titles of reading materials (at least two), and some samples of work.
Finish with a brief phone call; I'll chat very briefly with the student. Then I'll send documents via email (and mail if you want to pay extra).
Q: What is a portfolio review?
A: Florida home education law gives parents 5 options for their child’s annual evaluation. While many people think of a test...
Q: Who decides when a homeschooled child moves on to the next grade? Is it after the evaluation?
A: You, the parent, decide what level of materials the child uses. Honestly, you'll find lots of jokes on the internet about homeschooled kids who don't know their grade level. Why? Because grade levels aren't really important when homeschooling--not like they are for schooled kids. In fact,
Q: I'm moving out of the state. I know I have to send in a letter of termination, but if my child's evaluation isn't due yet, do I have to have one done?
A: UPDATED: Florida law changed on this in 2018.
Effective July 1, 2018, an evaluation is required within 30 days of sending in a Letter of Termination telling the county that you are done home educating your child in their county.
Q: My evaluation deadline is Jan. 4, but the school district says I have until Jan. 31. When is the evaluation really due?
A: The Florida Dept. of Education's Office of Choice (the FL government office that oversees education outside of standard public schools) states that the evaluation is due each year on the anniversary of the letter of intent.
Evaluation Tale 002:
Two extremes cases of missed evaluation deadlines
1. Missed it by a lot
A mom contacted me because she needed an evaluation done. Well, several actually. Her many children had not had evaluations the past year. Nor the year before that. Nor the one before that. Nor even the one before that. And she needed to fix this. She hinted that she might be facing legal problems if she didn’t get it taken care of, though she didn't go into details.
A mother’s worst nightmare: A child who was reading and writing and doing fairly well academically was suddenly struck by a medical condition that left her no longer able to read and write or even talk. The mother spent months taking her daughter to all sorts of specialists. Therapists worked to help the girl communicate once again. The mother researched her condition and
Q: My child has anxiety issues, and I’m wondering if I can get a list of the questions you’ll ask him during the evaluation. I just want to help him be less nervous.
A: A lot of students and their parents are nervous about the legally required discussion that’s part of the portfolio review evaluation. But you both can relax.