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The New Teacher Advisor Student Portfolios as an Assessment Tool Teachers and administrators have been making a move from traditional paper-and-pencil type tests to alternate forms of assessment.
Teacher observation, projects, essays, and other more creative ways of evaluating student achievement have gained a larger following within the classroom. Although its use has declined, one type of assessment tool that can be used very effectively is the student portfolio.
Portfolios remain quite popular in education coursework and with administrators evaluating senior teachers. Why, then, do so many classroom teachers forego the use of portfolios as assessment tools?
One reason might be that the portfolio is a very subjective form of assessment. For anyone uncomfortable without a grading key or answer sheet, subjective evaluation can be a scary task. Secondly, teachers often are unsure themselves of the purpose of a portfolio and its uses in the classroom.
Third, there is a question of how the portfolio can be most effectively used to assess student learning. The following suggestions will help you come to terms with those three factors and allow you to utilize student portfolios to evaluate the learning occurring in your classroom.
Set a goal, or purpose, for the portfolio. Your goal should be tied to how you plan to use the portfolio. Do you want to see student improvement over the long term or a mastery of a specific set of skills?
Is it important for you to see the scope of student learning over time or do you merely want to collect samples of student work to pass along to the next teacher?
Are you looking for a concrete way to show parents the amount of work completed and their child's improvement over time?
Take some time to think about what kind of data you want to collect and how you plan to use it. Next, determine how -- or if -- you will grade the portfolios.
If your purpose is merely to collect work samples to pass along to another teacher or parent, there is no need to actually grade the portfolios. If, however, you are looking for an overall mastery of skills, you will want to grade the work collected.
The most efficient way to grade a portfolio is through a rating scale. If you're looking for specific skills, you might begin with a checklist. That checklist will ensure that all necessary pieces are included. I use the following guidelines: Is the work completed correctly mechanicscompletely informationand comprehensively depth?
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