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How do unschoolers come to terms with having to report grades for their kids?
 
DS is unschooling high school, working above grade level for his age in most areas. He's getting A's in the subjects that can be objectively graded, and clearly doing just as well in the less-objectively-graded subjects. 
 
Our umbrella school is requiring us to self-assess and submit grades this year. Documenting to show evidence of learning is easy with this kid, but it's the grade assignment that I'm uneasy about. In addition to my belief that assigning grades is irrelevant and possibly detracts from learning, how meaningful will it be, to him or to a college admissions office, for him to have a transcript with straight A's "from his mom"?
 
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My approach to this has always been to say that philosophically we use a "mastery-based approach to education." In other words, we don't consider the kids to have moved ahead in the 'curriculum' until they have reached full mastery at the current level. That's not to say that they don't jump about into more and less advanced things based on whims and interests, but I wouldn't report on that more advanced learning until there's some fairly cohesive mastery up to that level. So when middle dd was dabbling in a 9th grade math program at age 11, but clearly wasn't totally mastering it, I reported her as an A student in 7th grade math since that's where I considered her "full mastery level" to be (and she was nominally only a 6th grader at the time). 

 

Three of my kids are in high school for at least some of their course-work this year. Their report cards just arrived today, and they're totally in line with the straight A's I was awarding them in past years, so I feel kind of vindicated. Middle dd, now 13, is acing advanced 9th grade math for real this year, with the top mark in the class. smile.gif

 

Anyway, it sounds like your kiddo is similar. I think you should have no qualms about awarding him A's for above grade level work done well.

 

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My approach to this has always been to say that philosophically we use a "mastery-based approach to education." In other words, we don't consider the kids to have moved ahead in the 'curriculum' until they have reached full mastery at the current level.

 

 

"Mastery-based approach" ...that's such a great description of how we're doing things. Thanks Miranda, that's wonderful!

 

And congrats to your kids on their successful transition to school!

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