Homeschool Evaluations

We now offer End-of-Year Homeschool Evaluations for Grades K-12 in the state of Pennsylvania. As certified educators, we can also help you figure out what you need and what your goals are.  We will help you flesh out your vision for education.

Homeschool Evaluations

We now offer End-of-Year Homeschool Evaluations for Grades K-12 in the state of Pennsylvania. As certified educators, we can also help you figure out what you need and what your goals are.  We will help you flesh out your vision for education.

Need a PA Homeschool Evaluation? Contact us here!

End-of-year evaluations can be stressful, but they don’t have to be! We are experienced homschoolers and PA certified educators. We offer in-person or virtual homeschool evaluations for grades K-12.  If you need an evaluation for your children, please contact us!

 

Are you a PA resident?

Do you need an Evaluation for this school year?

Do you prefer an in-person or a virtual evaluation?

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Frequently Asked Questions about Evaluations 

Why do I need an Evaluation in Pennsylvania?

As stated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PA law requires “that each home education student be interviewed, and their portfolio reviewed by a qualified home education evaluator each school year.” (24 P.S. § 13-1327.1

What happens during an evaluation?

PA law states that “The evaluation of the student’s educational progress must be annual and written. The evaluation must be based on an interview of the child and a review of the portfolio and accompanying documentation. The evaluation must certify whether an appropriate education is occurring” (24 P.S. § 13-1327.1(e)

When do I need to have my evaluation completed?

PA evaluations need to be submitted by the home education supervisor to the superintendent of the student’s district of residence by June 30th.

What's a portfolio? Do I need one?

A portfolio is a curated collection of work that a student has completed over time. And yes, you need one. You don’t have to present everything you’ve done; You just need samples or work in the subjects that are required for your student’s grade level. The best part is that the way you present your samples of work is entirely up to you. Sometimes, we have found that parents get stuck worrying about the form the portfolio should take. Do what works for you and your family. Your evaluator may have some suggestions as well. We have had binders, backpacks full of notebooks and workbooks, and even family webpages!

What does an evaluator need to see during the evaluation?

 PA law is clear on this.You are only required to present the following to the evaluator:

*A calendar that shows your 180 days or 900 hours of school

*A book log that shows all of the books that you have read this year

*Samples of the student’s work

*Standardized test results (only if the student is in 3rd, 5th, or 8th grade)

What happens during the evaluation interview?

 Every evaluator has their own format for the interview. A typical interview for us goes like this:  I will greet your child and ask about their school year. They can show their portfolio or samples of their work. Some kids love this and enjoy sharing. Other children would rather Mom or Dad share. Either works for us. Evaluation meetings will take approximately 30 minutes for K-8th grade students. Evaluations will be a little longer for high school students and can be up to an hour. K-8th grade students will receive a checklist style evaluation report shortly after the meeting. High school students will receive an additional narrative evaluation which will be emailed 24 hours after our meeting.

How are high school evaluations different than elementary and middle school?

.The biggest difference between high school evaluations and elementary/middle school evaluations is time. High school interviews are longer because each high school student is required to have a narrative report that accompanies their annual evaluation.  High school Seniors will also need to share their transcripts to confirm that they have completed all necessary credits for graduation

How do I select the right evaluator?

Other homeschool parents will have people in mind, so ask the community and make a list of evaluators they suggest. Contact the evaluators on your list. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • What do you want me to bring to the evaluation?
  • What kind of log and samples are you expecting to see from me?
  • I use unit studies (or whatever type of curriculum you do use). Are you familiar with this? Do you have any reservations about evaluating a family who uses this method/approach?
  • When do you prefer to give evaluations?
  • When do you want me to contact you to set a date for the evaluation?
  • Where will the evaluation be held?
  • How long will the evaluation last?
  • How long after the evaluation will it take to get the written evaluation to me?
  • What do you charge for an evaluation?
  • Do you offer discounts for siblings?
  • Do you see yourself as working for me, or for the school district?
  • Have you ever evaluated a family for whom you were not able to certify that an appropriate education was occurring, and why? How did you handle this?
  • Can you give me the name and contact information for other families that you evaluate?
  • Are you willing to communicate negative comments to me verbally, without including them in the written evaluation?
  • Will you give the written evaluation to me, or to my school district?

 

How much do you charge for evaluations?

Not all evaluations charge the same thing or have the same offerings of service, so if you have time to shop around you should do so. Here are our current fees and services:

Evaluations

  • Checklist format for Grades K-12- $50 per student                       
  • Narrative format for Grades (offered to 9-12 ONLY)- $60 per student

Consultations

  • Consultation Fee $40 (free with evaluation). Consultations include:
    • Understanding the Evaluation Process
    • Preparing your Portfolios
    • What to Expect
    • Know what you need: A Document Checklist 
    • High School Transcript Preparation Support

Discounts

  • We give discounts for multiple children. Families with 5+ evaluations will not be charged over $250.

 

We are dedicated to helping you, no matter what role you play in the homeschooling process.

 

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Parents and Caregivers

Who are looking to take control of their children’s education. We want to help you develop an education program at home.

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Families

Who are seeking to build a structure for education that is consistent with their values, honors their culture and uplifts their holistic (spiritual, mental, physical, emotional) well being.

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Educators

Who are looking for practical solutions for the challenges of teaching in today’s educational landscape.

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Students

Who need tutoring or supplemental instruction in our core areas of Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Test Prep.

Free Resource Video: Creating a Pathway to Math Success

Interested in learning more about Homeschooling? Check out Dionne’s presentation at the Black Family Homeschool Educators & Scholars Teach-In on how to achieve Math Success in your Homeschool.

Free Resource Video: Messages to and from the Non-Teaching Parent

No one talks about how homeschooling can put a strain on relationships. In those situations, good communication can be a game-changer. Check out Jason’s presentation on decoding and improving communication between the teaching and the non-teaching parent.

MORE QUESTIONS?

CONTACT US!

willisesterseducation@gmail.com

 

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