3 Tips for Keeping Track of Homeschool Progress

Keep track of your child's homeschool progress with these easy tips!

One of the most daunting things about homeschooling, no matter how long youve been doing it, is keeping track of your childs progress throughout the year. Of course, you know that your child has made progress and done a great job, but proving that to an evaluator or the school district? Thats a whole different story.

So, how do you keep track of their work, their progress, and the amazing strides they are making this school year? Here are some tips that may help.

How to Keep Track of Homeschool Progress


As much as you may not want to think about the laws of homeschooling in your state, its imperative that you understand them so that you can accurately keep track of your childs homeschooling progress.

Search your states Department of Education website to find the homeschooling law or check out this handy link page from the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

In some states, there is no reporting or tracking required (you lucky ducks!). In others, a yearly portfolio, standardized testing, and a certified evaluators report is required. By knowing what you have to submit to your school district at the end of the school year, you will have a better idea of what you need to keep track of throughout the year.


Once upon a time, portfolios were only in paper format. Homeschooling parents would save every last bit of work that their child did, ~~dump~~ organize it neatly in a binder, and submit it at the end of the year for review. While many families still choose to do this, the homeschooling laws in most states do not stipulate how the portfolio should be done, just that they include samples of work to show adequate progress.

A great space-saving option is to create a digital portfolio. This is what we do every year, because its so much easier. I snap a photo of the kids work worksheets, dioramas, paintings, reports, foldables, lapbooks, certificates from live classes, photos of them reading, on field trips, etc. I then download the photos to my computer and organize them into a slide show that can be copied onto a thumb or flash drive and delivered to the evaluator and school districts superintendent (or whoever gets your portfolio).

To showcase how well-rounded your homeschooling is, include a short clip of your child playing an instrument (counts for Music), participating in sports (counts for PE), or giving a speech at scouts (counts for Public Speaking). Remember to check with your states laws before making the switch to a digital portfolio, and always have a copy of the law on-hand to back-up your decision to use an electronic alternative.

Mark a date on your calendar each month to update your portfolios, so that youre not rushing at the end of the school year. And, while thats great advice, I have to admit that I tend to do the bulk of my updating over the Christmas holidays and then again in May.


In addition to submitting portfolios, many states want homeschoolers to submit a log of all of the books that they have read during the school year. Obviously, the people who made the homeschooling laws have no idea just how easy it is to go through hundreds upon hundreds of books during the course of a school year. If your state does not require that you create a log with dates that coincide to lessons, thank your lucky stars.

For those states that require you to provide detailed dates for each book, a simple spreadsheet that lists the book title, author, and dates used should suffice. You can also use an app to scan the barcode of the books as you read them to create a virtual library list. Again, the importance of knowing the homeschool law in your state cannot be emphasized enough. Dont spend your precious time doing more than you need to, but also be prepared so that youre not scrambling for documentation at the end of the school year.

Most of all, remember to have fun, use each day as a learning opportunity, and cover yourself in terms of documentation and progress checks. Snap photos of everything, have a designated folder for completed work, and know the law. Homeschooling is a lot of work, but it is so worth it!

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Thank you for the article. I am familiar with this topic and it was interesting to learn something new. There are different opinions about home schools, it is important that the child learns comfortably. I think this is important. I work in an educational company https://writercheap.com and I have kids. I like home schools, because in such schools children pay enough attention and they are not limited to communicating with the same age. I agree with the author that children will count faster and read much more. And the main thing is that they like it.

Thanks for the helpful article.