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    Hi we just started today and we're using Time4Learning which my daughter loves. With the program for the online stuff they grade her and it gets recorded, but she has some assignments like papers and worksheets that she does offline (all part of the program) but as far as I can tell there is no way for me to add the grades I give her myself into her record. On the program in the space for grades for those assignments it says "N/A", but she really wants me to grade these things and I am assuming I should, right? How do you all keep track of grades? I want to be able to have a list of what grades she is getting in her portfolio, I can generate reports from Time4Learning, but like I said they won't include the ones I give her. Thanks for any advice!

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    Unfortunately, you might have to keep track of the grades yourself. If I recall correctly, your daughter is in high school? At some point she may take classes not on Time4Learning, and you'll need to keep track of those as well. I simply used a spreadsheet.

    The Middle school/high school forum probably has posts on grading as well. If not, look into the advice from Lee Binz.
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    We don't grade, though that may change soon in high school, and I know you're already there. I think you're best off not relying on technology and just keeping a record of them on a document or spreadsheet or in a planner. There are some you can buy for all of high school. There are online options, like Homeschool Tracker, but I'd personally want those records to be kept on my own paper or hard drive anyway.
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    BethAnn, we used T4L all through high school for my youngest, and the big thing to remember is that it is NOT a school, it's a curriculum, so that means that all final grades for any course are still ultimately going to come from you as the parent. So, here's how that played out for us. Let's take English II for example. We did T4L as the core of that course, but also used Time4Writing for additional writing instruction. And, like you say, there are some assignments even within T4L that are parent-graded. So, I did a weighted scale to determine final averages. The T4L regular lessons, quizzes and tests grades received 65% of the weight, the Time4Writing courses received 25%, and the parent-graded stuff received 10%. Of course, that's just the way I personally weighted it...you could do it any way that represents time spent on each part of the coursework.

    Anyway, when all coursework was complete for the year, if he had received an 80% average on all his T4L automated stuff, a 90% average on his T4W coursework, and then 100% on his parent-graded stuff, then I would use a weighted grade calculator to determine that his final grade for English II would be 84%, or a B. That's what I would record on his homeschool transcript, then. It was pretty much the same for all courses. If there were no supplemental things used in addition to T4L for a specific course, then the final grade in T4L would be pretty much the final grade that I would record. If there were supplemental things, then I weighted each one.

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    I use an old fashioned pencil... I have a teacher planner from my former life in public education, so I just write in the grades. Since she does thiings outside of t4l some days, or just can't stare at the screen, it seems like the easiest way to keep track of things.

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