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ERIC Number: ED349330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 69
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Portfolio Assessment: Implementation and Use at an Elementary Level.
Hearne, Jill; Schuman, Steven
Exploratory work in the implementation of a portfolio assessment system at an elementary school in Washington State is described. The effectiveness of the assessment strategy is examined in relation to: (1) teacher implementation levels; (2) student demographic variables; and (3) teacher ratings of students' academic and social adjustment levels plus portfolio use. Students (N=324) in grades 1 through 5 completed a year-long task of selecting writing and mathematics work samples for their portfolios. Structured and free response measures of self-reflection were gathered on the portfolios' contents. The district's records provided student demographic information. Students were tested using the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and were rated by their teachers, who also rated the portfolios. Teachers completed a questionnaire to identify their concerns about knowledge and use of portfolio information. The level of implementation by staff was higher than might have been predicted given the recent introduction of portfolios. Portfolios differentiated among demographic factors in the same ways as did other assessment measures, suggesting that they do not provide a more unfair picture than other measures. Evidence to date supports the utility of portfolios in an elementary school setting. Six tables present study data, and an appendix containing 49 tables and constituting about two-thirds of the document provides supplemental information about student performance. There is an 18-item list of references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Washington