ERIC Number: ED475367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-16
Maximizing the Impact of Portfolio Assessment through Effective Instructional Leadership.
Krusekopf, Frances; Karr-Kidwell, P. J.
This study was designed as a field research project aimed at improving the method of assessing student learning at ACT Academy in the McKinney Independent School District, McKinney, Texas. Data and information were gathered and analyzed to see how the administration could improve the current student portfolio process. Reflections were completed by parents of ACT Academy students. Although not every parent answered every question, responses were received from 62 parents of elementary school students, 21 parents of middle school students, 15 parents of high school students. Sixteen facilitators from the teaching staff also completed surveys about the portfolio process. Results of parent reflections and teacher surveys revealed that both parents and teachers at ACT Academy thought that the portfolio process was a valid form of assessment. There was a strong indication from parents that growth and learning could be identified. Responses by teachers suggested that there was interest in improving the portfolio process through dialogue and training. Experiences with the portfolio approach have demonstrated that portfolio assessment can be an effective tool to evaluate student growth, and findings of the study indicate that the refinement of the portfolio process would be a worthwhile endeavor. Ten appendixes contain supplemental information and illustrative figures. (Contains 44 figures and 34 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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