This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers!
Q. Are “verified credits” necessary (or recommended for college entrance) for a homeschool high school transcript. Would dual-enrollment courses in a community college count as verified credit?
A. “Verified credit” is a term used by government schools that refers to passing end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) tests or other assessments approved by the Board of Education. Public school students must earn at least six verified credits by passing end-of-course SOL tests or other assessments in order to graduate.
The term does not refer to credits “verified” by educators, parents, colleges, certified teachers or tutors, or co-ops. Since homeschoolers will not be receiving a government school Standard Diploma, and we are not required to take SOL tests, we cannot include “verified credits” on a homeschool transcript. This does not create a problem for college admissions, the military, or employment.