ERIC Number: ED414447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Portfolio Assessment: Missing Link in Student Evaluation. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Portfolio assessment is an alternative form of assessment that is particularly attractive to adult, career, and vocational educators because it includes the assessment of active learning and performance rather than the mere recall of memorized facts. Portfolio assessment serves the interests of business and industry by forging a connection between activities in the classroom and in the workplace. With education's increasing focus on performance standards and student-centered classrooms, portfolios have become more than repositories of work samples. Portfolio assessment is well suited to integrated curricula. When portfolio criteria are linked to the curriculum and give students clear expectations of what is required, they are an effective tool for helping students see gaps in their learning, identify strategies supporting learning, set goals, and see change and development over time. Portfolios offer the additional benefit of involving students in the assessment process, and they offer teachers a way of motivating students, which is being recognized as a critical function of assessment. Some of the main issues regarding the difficulty of using portfolio assessment are related to reliability (specifically, problems in scoring and competency interpretation). (Contains 19 annotated references.) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.