In a home schooling situation the parents grade their children's schoolwork and not a teacher or teachers aid. Some parents have discovered that grading their own children can come with its own set of difficulties. because your child is not being compared to others in the classroom it may be hard to assess their progress compared to other children their age or grade level. The next few paragraphs will touch on how home school grading can be evaluated and modified to suit your child's learning abilities.
The first step when grading home school work is never grade with your heart and only with your mind.If the child is doing sub par work you have to make them aware, no matter how hard it is for both of you. And never give into your child's emotions or reactions to being told this. Giving into a child's possible sadness or resistance to certain aspects of home school learning will hurt the overall process. Remember it is your duty to your child that they develop the required skills to survive in the world.
Whenever you are grading and evaluating your home taught child your first matter of importance is to make sure they completely understand what was taught to them. If the child does not fully comprehend the lesson you can reteach the points where they are having trouble. This is something that does not happen in public education and benefits the child many ways. For instance the child knows that they can learn until they understand and the class will not move ahead without them. Additionally your child will know that because of their persistence and failure to give up they will receive full credit, hard work and persistence is an important life lesson that will benefit your children for the rest of their lives.
Some states may require you to have your child tested to measure their abilities against public and private schooled children. The results of this test are also a great way to evaluate your child's learning. If the test shows weakness in some areas you can discuss them with your child and change your curriculum to compensate for the deficiencies.
However you decide to evaluate and grade you child's in home education always make sure that you do so with complete honesty and never form opinions based on emotional reasoning. And if you feel you cannot do this yourself you will need to seek out additional assistance from friends, family or other sources.