ERIC Number: ED351378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Using Portfolios To Assess Student Performance.
Knowledge Brief, n9 1992
What educators around the country are finding out as they work with portfolios is reviewed, focusing on the classroom. Portfolios are purposeful, collaborative, self-reflective collections of student work generated during the process of instruction. Although they can be used in any academic discipline, portfolios are widely used in English and language arts and creative writing. Generally, portfolios include both work in progress and best efforts. Portfolios can: (1) function as a teaching tool and an assessment medium; (2) empower students and teachers; (3) convey to students that development matters; (4) help teachers see how students think; (5) encourage teacher-student collaboration; (6) help validate different learning approaches; (7) help prepare students for adult life; (8) promote self-assessment; (9) foster professional development; and (10) promote action research. Key steps in portfolio planning are determining goals of instruction and assessment and creating a portfolio management system. Design must consider the purpose, audience, and author. Scoring is complicated, but can be successful if criteria are clear. The problems portfolios raise appear to be more than made up for in classroom gains. Nineteen related readings and references are listed. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.