ERIC Number: EJ708092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-1
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Electronic Portfolios: Blending Technology, Accountability & Assessment
T.H.E. Journal, v31 n9 p12 Apr 2004
Many educators struggle to discover the proper assessment strategies for students. Systemic reform and the standards movement introduce clarity and accountability in assessing students. Though proven to be efficient, standardized assessment such as multiple-choice tests often turn teachers away as they may not align with their classroom practices or accurately measure students' abilities. Portfolio-based assessment and, more recently, the electronic portfolio have been seen as an alternative to standardized tests. An e-portfolio collects student work for individual teachers to grade and critique. At first glance, standardized and individual assessment strategies create a natural conflict: The former is an efficient and powerful tool for indexing student data, while the latter validates the professional work of the teacher and displays the actual effort of the student. However, e-portfolios possess the potential to bridge these conflicting goals as they combine individual student work with standards-based assessment, while also organizing and indexing student data. This article highlights the collaboration between a public school and an educational software firm to create an e-portfolio project that would achieve these goals.
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Computer Software, Cooperation, Educational Technology, Standardized Tests, Accountability, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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