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VA portfolio review

Virginia state law governing homeschooling requires families to submit Proof of Progress by August 1 of each academic year.

Proof of Progress may be shown by way of an Evaluation -OR- through Standardized Testing, in which the child attains a composite score in or above the fourth stanine on any nationally normed standardized achievement test.


What to Expect

Code of Virginia 22.1-254.1.C(a) states that homeschool families may meet their Proof of Progress requirement by submitting:

An evaluation letter from a person licensed to teach in any state, or a person with a master's degree or higher in an academic discipline, having knowledge of the child's academic progress, stating that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress.

Reviews with Hand In Hand consistent of a 2-tier process, where we work closely with families to determine each child is "achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress" every academic year, as required by Virginia law.

  1. New Family Homeschool Intake
    The first year that families meet with Hand In Hand, parents must complete and submit an Intake Form that helps staff understand a child's educational history, as well as their educational strengths and weaknesses. Once the form and payment are submitted, a 30-minute teleconference is scheduled with Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. and the family's assigned reviewer.
  2. Annual Review Form
    Each year, families must complete and submit a review form that outlines the curriculum that they have used with their child for that academic year.
  3. Portfolio Review
    Parents must gather and present a sample of work, in all subject areas listed on the Annual Review Form. Please be prepared to leave a copy of at least one writing and one math sample with your reviewer that documents Proof of Progress for the academic year.
  4. Parent-Child Meeting
    Parents must meet with their reviewer to discuss their homeschooling and their child's academic progress. Meetings generally last 45-minutes for each child being reviewed.
    • Elementary age children may attend the meeting at the parent's discretion.
    • Children in grades 6-8 are expected to attend the meeting and participate.
    • High school homeschoolers are expected to be the main participant, rather than the parent, in the review meeting.

    Read more about Hand In Hand's reviewers.

  5. Academic Planning
    Parents may elect to reserve 10-minutes of their review to discuss curricular planning for the upcoming year. Families may also choose to add-on a consultation service (for a fee) where we can discuss, in-depth, strategies and curriculum you can use to meet the unique learning needs of your child. Additional year-round services are also available.
  6. Documenting Proof of Progress
    At the conclusion of your face-to-face meeting, your reviewer will present your file to Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. who will make the final determination regarding Proof of Progress. Should a concern arise that Proof of Progress has not been met, a video conference will be scheduled to discuss deficiencies noted during your face-to-face meeting. Should Alessa determine that Proof of Progress has been documented, a signed letter will be sent to a family, who will then submit it to their local school official.


NOTE:Hand In Hand respects the vast spectrum of educational philosophies that successfully work for homeschooling families. While we do not "rubber stamp" anyone's homeschool program, we are happy to work with unschooling and eclectic curriculum users to determine Proof of Progress for their children.


Cost Per Child

1st Child 2nd Child Add'l Kids
March - June 30 $75 $65 $55
July 1 - 31 $100 $90 $80


Location

Hand In Hand evaluators meet with families in select locations in Virginia, including:
  • Fairfax
  • Culpeper
  • Fredericksburg
  • Front Royal
Families may be offered the option of conducting subsequent portfolio reviews via Google Hangout, subject to certain terms and conditions.


Contact Us Today To Schedule Your Evaluation

E-mail: alessa.education (at) gmail.com
Phone: 410.236.1927
Monday - Friday
Between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


                 

 
Friday
November 16, 2018

What our clients say about Hand In Hand:

"Thank you again for your time and heart for children! You made our first homeschool assessment a major success!"

~ JS from Virginia

 

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