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ERIC Number: ED346457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessment and Invention: Roundtable Report.
Allen, Michael S.
A pilot project in portfolio assessment was carried out at Northwest Missouri State University by the English department for the general proficiency assessment which the administration had requested. The portfolio was designed around the central feature of the second semester composition course: the research essay. Besides the research essay, the portfolio would contain (1) a direct assessment; (2) an essay of the student's choice; (3) an essay from a course not in the English department; and (4) a reflective letter. A great virtue of portfolio assessment is that it enables teachers of writing to gain other perspectives on making evaluations. It allows teachers to place their evaluations in a bigger context, and by so doing to gain in assessment skills. The biggest gains came from the experience with the direct assessment, resulting in a change of views toward direct assessment as a separate genre of writing. By the end of the portfolio project, the department members who had enthusiastically backed it and carried it out experienced a sense of shared benefits and gains in teaching and evaluation. However, some of their departmental colleagues were not willing to follow their lead into the experience of portfolio evaluation. Arguments against portfolio assessment stressed that it takes too much time, is too much work, and is "unobjective and uncontrolled." However, the idea of portfolio assessment does seem to be making some headway in the university and remains a valuable option for institutions considering various programs of writing assessment. (A detailed"Northwest Missouri State University: Writing Portfolio Report Summary" is attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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