You’ve probably read the articles from the beginning of this series on creating an Educational Portfolio. Now it’s time to take stock of your subjects, and to make sure nothing has been left out or forgotten. We’ve compiled the main points of the series into a checklist to help you ensure your child’s portfolio is ready for review. Ready? Let’s get started!

  • I have a binder with a different section for each subject, and a presentation page for each section.
  • I have asked my child to personalize their portfolio (e.g., the presentation page).
  • I have taught my older child how to contribute to the portfolio directly.
  • I have divided all documents so there is one file per child.
  • I have dated all saved work.
  • I have prepared an electronic file to keep each child’s work (particularly if they are not printed for inclusion in the portfolio).
  • I have kept track of websites used for work in the different subjects (e.g., online mathematics).
  • I have retained drafts of written work to attach to the final copy in order to demonstrate all editorial work,corrections, and improvements.
  • The work I have retained demonstrates the progression of my child’s learning up to this point.
  • In French, I have a variety of work preserved to demonstrate research, critical thinking, creativity, etc..
  • I have kept pictures of educational outings and other learning experiences such as group and extracurricular activities.
  • I took photos of projects which were too large to be included, and/or videos as needed.
  • I have included documents related to professional follow-up (if applicable).
  • For the project-based approach, I have evaluated the learning objectives of each assignment included within the framework of a project in order to include them in the correct place(s).
  • I have placed emphasis on core subjects.
  • I have consulted with HSLDA regarding the terms of meeting with the school board for presentation of the portfolio (the required number of meetings per year, whether or not  the child needs to be present at the meetings, etc.)

Whether you’ve already put effort into creating your child’s educational portfolio, or have some catching up to do, this checklist can help you make sure you’re up-to-date. With self-discipline and consistency, you’ll complete the school year and be well-equipped to respond to the school board’s request for an evaluation with confidence.

Remember: HSLDA is here to answer all of your questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us about your particular situation. We are here to help you!