How to Write a Homeschool Progress Report

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For many homeschool families, mine included, wrapping up the end of the year includes writing a progress report to remain in compliance with state homeschool laws. 

While sometimes a dreaded task, writing a homeschool progress report can also be a delightful opportunity to reflect on how much your kids have learned, experienced, and accomplished over the last nine months.

What to include

A homeschool progress report should include basic, factual details about your student, regardless of whether or not it actually has to be submitted to anyone.

Many parents will enjoy looking back over these reports as keepsakes as their students get older. Including details such as name, age, grade level, and even a photo will prevent being forced to rely on memory for those details – something that seems to get harder to do every year that I homeschool.

Next, include titles of the resources that you used. You may want to include these with the subject breakdown if you’ll be following the scope and sequence method of writing your student’s progress report. For example:

Language arts

XYZ grammar curriculum

ABC writing curriculum

PQR spelling curriculum

Add a book list, including those read aloud to and those read independently by your student. I also like to list hands-on projects that we completed and field trips we've taken. These can be listed under their own heading or under their related subject heading.

Scope and sequence

One method of writing a progress report is using the scope and sequence in your homeschool materials to help you outline the skills and concepts your child has learned this year.

Most homeschool curriculum includes a scope and sequence list. If not, check the table of contents’ main subheadings for ideas on concepts to include.

This simple, somewhat clinical method is a quick and easy option for meet state laws and was the method I chose in our early homeschool years. First, simply list each subject you covered in your homeschool during the year.

Some examples include:

  • Math
  • History/social studies
  • Science
  • Language arts
  • Reading
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Physical education

Then, under each heading, list the benchmarks your student achieved, along with those which are in progress and those to which he was introduced. For example, under “math” you might list accomplishments such as:

  • Skip counting by 2's, 5’s, and 10’s
  • Counting and writing to 100
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Estimation
  • Graphing

You may want to include a code after each, such as A (achieved), IP (in progress), and I (introduced).

In addition to your homeschool curriculum’s scope and sequence, a typical course of study reference may help you to consider all the concepts your student has covered over the year – or help you identify those he may need to work on next year.

Narrative

A narrative progress report is another option. In my home state of Georgia, we are required to write an annual progress report and keep it on file, but we are not required to submit it to anyone. Because a narrative report is a bit more personal and something of a journal entry snapshot for me of what the kids have learned each year, it’s my preferred option.

With a narrative progress report, as the homeschool teacher, you can highlight a student’s progress, include observations about areas of weakness, and record details about your child’s developmental progress.

You can also include notes about areas you on which you’d like to focus in the upcoming year.

A narrative progress report includes the same topics as a scope and sequence progress report, but is written more conversationally and might also include details such as:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community service
  • Challenges overcome
  • Developmental milestones

Whichever method you choose, writing a progress report doesn’t have to be tedious. It’s an opportunity to reflect on all that you and your homeschooled students have accomplished this year and begin to focus on the promise of the upcoming year – after a well-deserved year-end celebration.