ERIC Number: ED355556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Characteristics of Student Performance as Factors in Portfolio Assessment. Report Series 3.8.
Portfolio assessment can be different in kind from traditional assessment measures: it can provide a fuller picture of the learner; it can be much more than an expanded grade book; but the criteria and language for evaluating and describing the portfolio must be different from those used for evaluating individual products. To describe the fuller picture of habitual performance that is the function of portfolios, it is useful to consider five factors: range, flexibility, connections, conventions, and independence. The concept of range includes the dimensions of breadth and depth and can only be assessed through multiple observations. Flexibility refers to how students read, write, and perform. The ability to make connections is the single most important factor in assessing the language competence of an individual. The concept of conventions is integral to the ability to make connections. Independence is a problematic term in the present context of educational discussion. Questions asked by teachers in reviewing portfolios for evidence of student progress should be raised with students during conferences and not used as a checklist to identify deficiencies. (Contains 20 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
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.