Long-term Task Formats and Examples
Product Performance Extended Constructed Response
Curriculum Unit Portfolio Assessment
Planning and Designing a Portfolio Assessment
Format and Parameters of a Portfolio
Portfolios may be organized and presented in various forms:
- An actual art portfolio, accordion folder, etc.
- A container such as a carton; cubic space or dimensions might be specified, with “outsized” entries represented in alternative forms such as photographs or videotape
- An electronic portfolio (typed text, scanned images, photographs, audio or video entries)
Portfolios may be “stand-alone” (capable of being examined without the presence of their creator) or may require personal presentation (live or taped) to guide review.
They may be organized according to different parameters. For example,
- Completely open-ended—students select entries based on their chosen goals or objectives
- Moderately open-ended—entry selection is governed by such guidelines as:
- Minimum number of entries
- Specific objectives to be illustrated
- Range of media, forms, or genres to be demonstrated
In this format, contents are often “menu-driven.” Students are given specific categorical requirements that may be filled with entries of their choice. Guidelines may require “at least” and “no more than” a specific number of entries addressing the designated objectives.
- Highly prescriptive—most or all entries must be created under specific conditions and fit established criteria or categories
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