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What does it mean to be a History Day Judge? Sign Up to be a judge here.  

*** History Day 2020 is March 14, 2020 in Oakland.  We hope you will volunteer to judge - we will provide all the training. The only qualification for being a judge is an interest in history and encouraging student learning. 


2020 Judging Timeline:

  • Feb. 29-March 13: Preparation for Judging (Judging for papers and websites takes place)   
  • March 14: County History Day judge orientation @ 10:30 (please arrive early) in the Edna Brewer School Library.  See map of Edna Brewer School
    • 11:30-3:00 – View projects and interview students about their projects based on assigned schedule.
    • With other judges, determine ranking of projects.
    • Turn in ranking form to judges room.


 Documents That You May Find Useful: 



Judges are an important part of the History Day Contest because judges determine which projects are the best. Generally, history day projects are based on Historical Quality (60%); Relation to Theme (20%), and Clarity of Presentation (20%). There are three (3) judges in each judging team for each category. Judges rely on consensus judging that means that instead of giving entries numeric scores, you will be ranking them. All judges on a judging team should agree on the overall rankings of the entries you judge.


Any adult who has an interest in education and/or history is welcome to be a judge. All judges will be provided an orientation and a judge's handbook prior to the contest.



The Judging Process

The judging process for each category generally follows this process:

1. Sign up to be a judge. Judging teams assigned ahead of time.

2. Judges receive information prior to County History Day

3. Judges orientation takes place at County History Day

4. Judges in teams of 3 go to their assigned location - generally, one judge is the designated "lead judge". 

5. Judges orient themselves to the room and their process for judging entries (judges may want to write comments on judging sheets during presentations or may want to make notes somewhere else and then transfer to judging sheets, etc.)

6. Lead judge calls the first project and helps keep the projects and judging on schedule (pre-printed schedules will be posted and students will know their scheduled time for judging, etc.)

7. Judges read the process paper and annotated bibliography while students quietly stand and wait

8. Students introduce themselves and the title of their project

9. Students present their project (Documentaries and Performances). For exhibits, websites, posters and papers, judges begin the interview.

10. Judges Interview Students with questions specific to the entry - and make sure the interview process is positive for every student. Generally, if time, the final question is: "Is there anything else we have not asked that you would like to tell us about your project?"

11. Judges thank students for their entry - and may return 2 process papers to the student or keep them (Judge's preference)

12. Students leave room. Judges take a minute to write comments / notes about each project.

13. Lead judge calls the next entry (or for exhibits, judges walk to the next entry) 

14. Once all entries are judged, judges return to the judges room and complete the rating sheet to determine first, second and third place in each category

15. Judges write comments on each judging sheet so students know how to improve their project for the future 


What else can a judge do to be prepared for judging?





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