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Preparing for a Portfolio Review

What is a Portfolio?

A portfolio is usually a 3-ring notebook with a tab for each subject.  A portfolio may also be an accordion folder divided by subject, or an electronic presentation displaying slides that show student work.

What does a portfolio contain?

A portfolio contains samples of student work completed over a semester.  The homeschooling semester may vary depending on when the parent submitted the required notification form.  Parents should read the educational materials section of the Code of Maryland Regulations for Home Instruction and the Maryland State Department of Education Frequently Asked Questions for Home Instruction before creating a portfolio.  

How do I demonstrate regular, thorough instruction in art, physical education, health and music in a portfolio?

Parents use a variety of methods to display these subjects.  Some parents use a pen and paper curriculum, while some pay for classes at local community centers or online to cover the subjects.  Parents may show pen and paper tasks, pictures of a student participating in the activity or logs and receipts displaying the amount of time the student spent engaged in the activity.  Logs and receipts display the dates the student participated in the activity and allow the reviewer to see the student particpated regularly.  

Virtual Parent Information Session Presentation

Virtual Review Instructions

Preparing for a Virtual Portfolio Review

Electronic Portfolio Review Instructions

Winter Submissions Accepted:  December 9, 2020- January 15, 2021

Please review all of the instructions.  

Electronic Review Instructions

SY21 Electronic Review Instructions with Illustrations

Electronic Review Submission Form

 

Examples of Work Samples 

The work samples provided are basic examples of what a parent may share for portfolio review.  Please refer to the Code of Maryland Regulations for Home Instruction and the Maryland State Department of Education Frequently Asked Questions for more information on educational materials.  

English Work Samples

Mathematics Work Samples

Science Work Samples

Social Studies Work Samples

 

 

 

Supervision by a Non-public Entity (Umbrella Program)

Parents supervised by a nonpublic entities registerd with the Maryland State Department of Education do not need to participate in the PGCPS Home Schooling Office portfolio review process. Click to view registered programs.

Nonpublic Entities Registered to Supervise Home Instruction of Maryland Students