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Portfolio Review

Portfolio Review of Home School Instruction

Per the Code of Maryland Regulations, (COMAR), home instruction families are required to participate in two portfolio reviews during each school year.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the first portfolio review for home instruction families will occur virtually through an Internet/Web-based Portfolio Review Form/Jot Form.  Both the Jot Form occurring between December and January and the second submission in May/June are mandatory to maintain compliance with COMAR.  Students who are not compliant with COMAR will be withdrawn from Home Instruction and must enroll in a private or public school.

Frequently Asked Questions about DCPS Home Instruction Supervision

  • What is required?

    • Parents are required to meet twice a year with a Home Instruction reviewer. During this conference, the parent shares specifics about the student’s home instruction by presenting a portfolio. The purpose of the portfolio, as outlined in COMAR, is to document the curriculum, materials used, and samples of the student’s schoolwork.

  • How do I sign-up for a review?

    • Home Instruction reviews are conducted twice annually:

      • 1st semester during the second marking period (approximately December through January)

      • 2nd semester during the fourth marking period (approximately April through early June)

      • All parents are required to attend two reviews per school year.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there are several different options you have when it comes to the portfolio review process.

1. You can submit your form and the rubric electronically via the jotform link below.

2. You can arrange a time to meet face-to-face with a PPW by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. You can arrange a virtual conference by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. You can bring your physical artifacts to the Board of Education building located at 700 Glasgow Street Cambridge, MD 21613. Please make sure to include your completed rubric and make sure the student name and parent name are visibly marked on the outside of the package.

Dorchester County Public Schools Remote Review Guidelines

Due to the continued restrictions of the pandemic and the significant increase in the number of students participating in-home instruction this year, we are working to provide a thorough and comprehensive review for your child. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation so that all remain healthy and the reviews run smoothly and efficiently. To assist in understanding the review process we have included a helpful video for you. Components of a Home Instruction Program (Portfolio Review information)

Please see the April 2021 Letter to Parents about the End of the Year Review.

Please follow the steps below and use the Portfolio Review Rubric to begin your Portfolio Review for the End of Year Review.  You will be using the Rubric to organize your artifacts and documents for your virtual portfolio review.

1. Print the Rubric for Remote Review here.

  • Fill out the first column with the curriculum and/or method used to teach each subject.
  • List at least 2 pieces of evidence that reflect the curriculum/method used showing progress or variety. For example:
    • Music/Art: write in column and then submit a copy of the Christmas Choir program,
    • write in column and submit pictures of using Picasso style of painting
    • Language Arts: submit a copy of a page from grammar book, a copy of book list and a sample of
  • Other: this should be used for foreign language study, religious studies, technology, field trips ...
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2. Click the link DCPS Home Instruction Portfolio Review for the 2020-2021 School year Form (online form). If you have completed the rubric, you should only need about 20 – 25 minutes to complete your student’s review. Please make sure you complete one review per student. Note:  the jotform platform does not save your work, so please make sure you have allotted enough time to begin and end your review.

3. If you plan to continue homeschooling for the 2021-2022 school year, you will need to complete the NOTIFICATION jot form link. You will be automatically directed to the Notification Jot Form Link when you complete the Portfolio Review Form. 

4. If you do not have enough internet access to be able to upload and/or participate in the Virtual Portfolio Review online, please call Jon Harper at 410-901-6940 ext. 3601 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up an appointment for an individual review. 

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