Judging criteria

The National History Day judging criteria for each category will be a helpful guide for judges and participants alike. Judging forms will be nearly identical to those used at National History Day. The percentages by which the judging breaks down are as follows:

Historical Quality (60%)

The most important aspect of your entry is its historical quality. You should ask yourself the following questions to help you focus on your historical analysis:

Is my entry historically accurate?
Does my entry provide analysis and interpretation of the historical context?
Does my entry demonstrate an understanding of the historical context?
Does my annotated bibliography demonstrate wide research?
Does my entry demonstrate a balanced presentation of materials?
Does my entry demonstrate use of available primary sources?

Clarity of presentation (20%)
Although historical quality is most important, your entry must be presented in an effective manner. You should ask yourself the following questions to help you focus on your presentation:

Is my entry original, creative, and imaginative in subject and presentation?
Is my written material clear, grammatical, and correctly spelled?
Is the visual material I present clear?

Relation to Theme (20%)
Your entry must clearly explain the relation of your topic to the National History Day theme. You should ask yourself the following question to help you focus your topic on the theme and its significance:

How does my topic relate to the theme?
Why is my topic important?
How is my topic significant in history relation to the National History Day theme?
How did my topic influence history?
How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic's time period influence my topic in history?

Rule Compliance
Judges will take any rule infraction into consideration in their final rankings. Failure to comply with the rules will count against your entry. Rule infractions should be corrected before a winning entry competes in the next level of competition.