ERIC Number: ED335652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
A Pilot Project Using Portfolios To Document Progress in the School Program.
Althouse, Sharon M.
A pilot project was developed to encourage teachers to look at assessment more comprehensively and to use a variety of ways to assess learning, emphasizing a collaborative process of ongoing assessment. The project was presented as a way to show students' accomplishments as readers and writers; involve parents, teachers, and students in the process; involve the students in self-assessment; and experiment with assessment procedures more consistent with what was being measured. Results of the portfolio project indicated that: (1) writing was the most common component of the portfolio and that writing samples were the most valuable to teachers; (2) some teachers took ownership of the portfolio; (3) students felt their parents would not understand the portfolio even though it was accompanied by a letter; (4) students changed portfolio contents when the portfolio was opened to show parents what they had learned; (5) parents enjoyed the folders, were appreciative of seeing learning in progress, saw child's self-esteem improve, yet provided short responses to a survey if they responded at all. (Two figures representing portfolio content examples are included; forms for recording books read and for recording writing, a teacher checklist for recording observations about the student as learner, and the parent survey are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).