Why is it so important? Good records equip your student with proof of education for continuing their education, entering the military, or passing an employer’s background check. It may also prove valuable if there are ever any questions about your homeschool.
We recommend that you follow Hawaii’s homeschooling statute by keeping “a record of the planned curriculum,” which must include:
- the commencement date and ending date of the homeschool program,
- the number of hours per week of instruction,
- the subjects to be covered,
- the method used to determine mastery of materials and subjects in the curriculum, and
- a list of textbooks or other instructional materials.
The list should be in standard bibliographical format (the author, title, publisher, and date of publication should be indicated).
In addition to state-required records, you should keep the following important records for your homeschool:
- Samples of your student’s schoolwork
- Correspondence with school officials (including notices of intent and letters of withdrawal, if applicable)
- Portfolios and test results
- Any other documents showing that your child is receiving an appropriate education in compliance with the law
You should maintain these records for at least two years.
You should also keep your student’s high school records and proof of compliance with the home education laws during the high school years (including any type of home education notice that you file with state or local officials) on file forever.
Please note: The information on this page has been reviewed by an attorney, but it should not be taken as legal advice specific to your individual situation.