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ERIC Number: ED397102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-10
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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What Have We Learned from Assessing Employability Skills Portfolios?
Smith, Catherine
Michigan school districts have been developing processes for supporting portfolios of student high school achievement since this was first mandated by law in 1991. The basic portfolio requirements have included transcripts, test scores, evidence of career planning, and anything the student added to show achievement. In the spring of 1995, Michigan collected 1,050 portfolios from eleventh graders in 42 schools as a 1% sample of the first student cohort expected to have and use portfolios. A report of findings, here summarized, was released in winter 1995. A portfolio scoring system had been developed in association with the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at the University of California at Los Angeles. The value and difficulty of this Michigan model cannot yet be evaluated fully, but the portfolios that were submitted demonstrated that the school culture was not yet supporting the portfolios as anticipated. Professional development was needed to increase teacher understanding of the portfolio process and scoring. However, these first results showed the real feasibility of using hybrid review procedures and integrating the developed model. The answers to the skills demonstrated by Michigan students and whether the portfolio profiles can be considered true scores are not yet clear, but the potential for clarifying these issues is shown. (Contains three references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Large Scale Assessment; Michigan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (New York, NY, April 9-11, 1996).