According to the regulation, the child must be evaluated at least once during the year.
Parents can choose between five options for evaluation. Four of these types of evaluation are conducted by a third party (whom we call an “evaluator”); the other is an assessment done by the Direction de l’enseignement à la maison (DEM), examining the child's work submitted by the parent in a portfolio.
The option chosen for the evaluation must be in the learning project, but it is possible to modify it at any time during the year.
Some evaluators are more open than others when it comes to different methods of evaluation (portfolios, discussions with parents, discussions with the child, etc.) Contact various evaluators early enough to ensure that you have time to make your decision.
If your child is eligible for Anglophone education under Bill 101, you can choose the English school service centre in your area.
Please note that evaluation by a school service centre does not provide any exemption from communicating directly with the DEM.
You can choose the private school of your choice.
A list of private educational institutions is available on the government website.
To find out more, consult the government website.
It is possible to use the teacher evaluation service offered by AQED.
Find out more on AQED’s Facebook groups; members may have people to recommend.
Contact your school service centre at the beginning of the school year for more information on this option.
It should be noted that ministerial exams are not currently mandatory as part of homeschooling. However, following the 2019 regulation, they will become compulsory from the 2021-2022 school year for the levels to which they apply. You can consult the ministry's website (that page is in French only) to see the list and the levels concerned. More details will come when we know more about how to take these exams.
The portfolio must show activities undertaken by your child during the year. We suggest you keep it short – about 10 pages.
The portfolio can be on paper or digital. Ask your questions in one of the AQED Facebook groups. Several members have experience with the portfolio and can advise you. You can send your portfolio in hard copy by mail to the DEM, at your expense. You can also email it or drop it off on the ministry's secure platform. According to the reference document for writing a portfolio published by the DEM, the platforms they accept are: Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive, which allows them to save your documents in their files.
Depending on the material or examples you use, you can combine more than one skill, subject, or discipline and use a single example to demonstrate them all.
A few precisions from AQED, concerning the content of the portfolio:
The law does not mention that the portfolio should include comments by the child.
Demands concerning the portfolio from certain resource persons:
Other portfolio examples and tools are available in the Member area, such as suggestions for the content of the portfolio or a sample letter of the evaluation attestation by a holder of a teaching certificate.