Foreign Transcript Review Guide

This document is intended as a reference tool for districts to assist school staff members with evaluating foreign transcripts for students newly enrolling from other countries.

It was adapted from guidance produced by the Office of Youth Development and School-Community Services (OYDSCS) of the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

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When using this manual it is important to keep in mind that several school systems and grading policies might exist within each country, as in the United States. Careful judgment and discretion are advised when utilizing the information presented in this manual. The information provides a general picture of the most commonly used systems in other countries and grading scales, recommended courses, and the equivalent credit within U.S. schools. Evaluators are advised to:

  • Carefully examine all official documents for authenticity.
  • Ensure that translations are provided by a qualified source.
  • Interview entering students and their parents/guardians.
  • Contact the sending school, embassy, Ministry of Education or other authorized agencies when necessary.