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Virtual Judge Instructions

The goal of History Day is to provide young learners with a positive experience, regardless of whether they win. We want all students to have a fair judging process and get meaningful written feadback.

The 2021 NHD-CA contest will be held synchronously via Zoom.

  • After attending an orientation, you will meet with your judge team in a breakout room to discuss, calibrate, and rank projects.

  • Your heat's top ranked entries from the First-Round of competition will advance to a Final-Round, which will be evaluated by a new set of judges.

  • Each judge will write and submit their own comments for each project they view.


Required Judge Training

Judge training is in 2 parts. Part one is a required self-paced orientation. Part two is a group training in Zoom each morning before judging begins. Both are required
for all judges.

Accessing the Self-Paced Course


Use the Zoom login information that was emailed to you  to join your scheduled judging session.


After the orientation, you will be with your team of 2 - 3 judges for the entire session.

Judges must complete all scoresheets, including comments, before they leave the session.


During your zoom meeting, you and your team will need to come to consensus and rank the projects in your heat. The top three projects will advance to a final round.

  • Discuss your scores.

  • Calibrate your scores, so they are similar
    across the rubrics from your team.

  • Check for consistency and bias.

  • Rank the projects individually using the
    Forced Ranking Sheet.

  • Come to consensus with your team members on which projects will advance.


All final decisions will be based on the consensus of your judging team in relation to the National History Day criteria.

                  80%: Historical Quality

                 20%: Clarity of Presentation


Access & View projects using the username & passcode that was emailed to you.

View the project and read the paper work using the links on the 


Take Notes. Use the Project Preview Form to note the strengths and areas for improvement for each project in relation to the rubric. Focus on the content, argument, and research, not formatting or grammar.


Score the entries according to the rubric. The rubric is available on the Scoring Platform.


Your rubrics for each project are located in the Judge Scoring Platform. Please be sure to score each area of the rubric and write meaningful comments in the Strengths and Suggestions box. 


Judges should talk about the scores they have given to each project to ensure a clear and consistent experience for the students.


Once your judge captain confirms that ranks have been entered and score sheets and comments are complete for each project you can sign off.

Thank you for judging at NHD-CA 2021!


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