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The Importance of Recordkeeping in Maryland

Best practices for what records to keep

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 Maryland’s homeschooling rules and related recordkeeping requirements. If you choose to homeschool under Option 1, you must maintain a portfolio of your educational materials. This should include instructional materials and reading materials, as well as examples of your child’s writing, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials, and tests.

In addition to state-required records, you should keep the following important records for your homeschool:

  • Attendance records
  • Information on the textbooks and workbooks your student used
  • Samples of your student’s schoolwork
  • Correspondence with school officials
  • 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.