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  • Preparing for a Portfolio Review

    Preparing for a Portfolio Review


    Due to COVID-19, the Home Schooling Office will not meet with parents face-to-face for Spring 2019-2020. Continuing parents that received a compliant winter review are advised to check their email for the correspondence sent on May 15, 2020.  Additionally, Annual Verification to Continue Home Schooling is now available for continuing parents by logging into the Parent Portal.  

    According to the Code of Maryland Regulations for Home Instruction, home schooling parents must have a minimum of two portfolio reviews each year. A portfolio review is a time that the local school system portfolio reviewers meet with the home instruction parent or legal guardian to ensure the student is receiving regular, thorough instruction during the school year in studies usually taught in the public school.

    Electronic Portfolio Review- NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY

    Read all instructions before beginning the submission of your electronic portfolio.

    Electronic Review Criteria:

    To be eligible for participation in the Electronic Portfolio Review Process a family must:

    • Have access to a computer to support electronic submission

    • Have moderate to advanced technology proficiency

    • Have the capability to scan, save and upload documents

    • Have the capability to create Google folders and subfolders

    • Have the capability to create a Google document

    • Have the capabilit to hyperlink a Google document into a Google Form

    • Have had TWO consecutive years of “Compliant” portfolio reviews

    • Submit all portfolio materials within the designated time frame

    Portfolio Review Submission Requirements: 

    • A separate electronic portfolio submission must be made for each student in a family.

    • It is suggested that each electronic portfolio have a minimum of 1- 2 dated work samples for each week of the semester, for each subject.  

    • Files must be smaller than 10 MB or they WILL BE DELETED

    COMAR defines Educational Materials as:  Relevant materials, such as instructional materials, reading materials, and examples of the child’s writings, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials and tests. 

    IMPORTANT:  The reviewer is not able to communicate with the parent face-to-face when reviewing electronic work samples.  Include a summary in your electronic presentation that clearly explains submitted work samples that may be unclear to the reviewer.

    Electronic Portfolio Instructions 

    Electronic Portfolio Review Form: 
    • Electronic Review Submission Form (Submit one for each student)

    Face-to-Face Portfolio Review Process

    Parents schedule face-to-face winter and spring portfolio reviews on the Home Schooling website home page using the on-line calendar to select an available date. Parents should prepare and bring:

    Note: Parents supervised by Nonpublic Entities do not need to participate in the PGCPS Portfolio Review Process. Nonpublic Entities Registered to Supervise Home Instruction of Maryland Students