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ERIC Number: ED391913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Refinement and Expansion of Portfolio Assessment Strategies in Adult Basic Skills Programs. Final Report.
Hayes, Elisabeth; And Others
A special demonstration project investigated the use of portfolio assessment in several adult basic education settings, including workplace education programs and science courses for adult high school equivalency students. Built upon a 1993-94 project that pilot tested a portfolio assessment process, the current project was based on two principles. The first principle was the desirability of developing an assessment process specific to the educational program, rather than trying to adopt a "generic" model. The second principle was that teachers who will use the portfolios should be involved in the development of the process. The portfolios were designed to contain the following materials: class assignments, categorization exercises, lab reports, self-reflection, written answers to questions, a summary of the unit studied, science vocabulary log and list, student-created charts, notes from group discussions, student's personal notes, and possibly photos, tapes, and student research. The portfolios were intended to do the following: show progress over time, provide evidence of learning, present student-created material, document oral and written comprehension, demonstrate reading competence, and record teacher exit notes. The best evidence for the success of the project was the portfolios themselves. (The report includes pilot study reports by four teachers using the portfolios, recommendations for refinements of the portfolios, and six appendixes showing examples of portfolios.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education, Madison. Wisconsin Technical Coll. System.
Authoring Institution: Madison Area Technical Coll., WI.
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