ERIC Number: ED391836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
More Than Work Folders: Using Portfolios for Educational Assessment.
Gilman, David Alan; Rafferty, Cathleen D.
NASSP Practitioner, v21 n5 Jun 1995
Portfolios can demonstrate student mastery of material and their work with concepts and content, as well as their ability to link material with other knowledge. Portfolios can closely relate what students learn to what teachers believe they teach. The decision to use portfolios requires planning, professional development, decision making, and a reconceptualization of space and time management. Teachers who use portfolios find that they become facilitators who direct students toward information and resources. A working knowledge of portfolio assessment is vital for all involved, especially parents, who must have good and consistent information. Students can be helped to understand portfolio assessment if criteria (rubrics) are developed that define performance. Although there are a number of issues that must be considered in portfolio development and some problems that must be overcome, it is apparent that portfolios offer advantages in philosophical congruence and instructional strategy. Five national clearinghouses that disseminate information on portfolios and seven schools using portfolio assessment are listed. (Contains 2 tables and 18 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Criteria, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Attitudes, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Scoring, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Test Construction, Test Use
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1537 (Annual subscription, $4 with membership; additional single copies: $2 members, $3 nonmembers; payment must accompany orders of $15 or less).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.