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 assistance 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.
Note that as a result of the 2019 regulation, ministerial examinations will become mandatory beginning in 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.
Depending on the materials or examples you use, an example may combine one or more of the competencies or subjects/disciplines.
A few precisions from AQED, concerning the content of the portfolio:
Requests regarding the portfolio from the DEM:
AQED has given a great deal of thought this year to how best to support its members to meet their obligations in relation to homeschooling. Accommodating the Direction de l’enseignement à la maison (DEM) requests without jeopardizing educational freedom, for which AQED advocates, is always at the forefront of our concerns.
This year, AQED is therefore providing a choice of three templates, along with an explanatory document, to help you create your portfolios. Use the template that suits you best. Remember to keep it simple and easy to prepare. It is up to the parent to choose the template that best fits their vision of homeschooling and how they want to present their child's learning traces.
A portfolio is normally around 10 pages. Please note that AQED believes that parents should be able to choose competencies that are appropriate for their learning project, not just those of the QEP. We therefore consider that portfolios submitted using the third proposed template, i.e. the turnkey template, exceed parent’s legal obligations. We recommend using a simple template that corresponds first and foremost to your learning project.
If this is your first experience with homeschooling or creating a portfolio, we encourage you to read the explanatory document: "What is a portfolio?” [PDF] This document provides a review of the literature on portfolio development as well as suggestions and examples.
This template presents the learning traces by subject. It gives you the opportunity to respect the law and to provide the minimum required by the regulation.
This template allows you to build your portfolio by project, theme or subject. It includes a tool to help you write the comments which accompany a learning trace. It is possible to link several skills to the same trace.
This template was created to be able respond to new demands from the DEM. It allows for the classification of examples of achievement or traces by competency, according to the Quebec Education Program (QEP), dated and annotated with comments from the parent and the child. It also includes the completion report. As mentioned above, AQED considers that the additional information in this template goes beyond parents’ legal obligations, and encourages the use of other available templates.
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.