ERIC Number: ED355527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Portfolios in Assessment of Literature Learning. Report Series 3.7.
This report contains the results of a survey designed to gather information on issues and concerns in portfolio assessment and on the use of such types of assessment to determine student performance and program or teaching effectiveness. The survey, which contained nine questions, was conducted in three phases. First, the testing directors of each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and each of the 8 Canadian provinces were surveyed by telephone. Phase 2 of the survey examined more specific questions: individual contact people provided by the state testing directors were mailed abbreviated surveys requesting answers to questions 8 and 9 concerning, respectively, the forms and uses of portfolio assessment and how these uses relate to program objectives. Phase 3 consisted of telephone conversations with 10 respondents who indicated that they were using portfolios in the assessment of literature learning and a review of articles and descriptive information provided by those 10 respondents. Results indicated that: (1) in Canada, only Quebec was using portfolios for provincewide use in the 1990-91 school year, while in the United States, Kentucky and Vermont were planning to implement statewide use in the near future; (2) greater use was being made of portfolios at the classroom level, and, in a few situations, portfolios were being used at the school and district level; (3) there was little universality in the manner in which portfolios were being used; (4) writing as a response to literature was a component of about 25% of the portfolio programs; and (5) assessment by the use of portfolios exemplified program goals which stressed active learning. (Two tables of data are included; the list of interview questions, the list of respondents to the survey, and an appendix of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on Literature Teaching and Learning, Albany, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Canada