Long-term Task Formats and Examples
Product Performance Extended Constructed Response
Curriculum Unit Portfolio Assessment
A Portfolio Assessment for Dance
Contents of a portfolio
Planning and designing a portfolio assessment
Format and parameters of a portfolio
Generalizability of results
Use of portfolio scoring tools
Portfolio assessment is the evaluation of a systematically collected body of work used to demonstrate growth and learning. While employed by a few states and school systems for accountability purposes, portfolio assessment is most familiar as a classroom assessment tool. A well-designed portfolio assessment can provide rich information about a student's background and learning contexts (where the student started), process (how learning has progressed), and ability to apply and extend learning.
The contents of a portfolio vary depending on its assessment purpose. There are two general purposes for creating a portfolio assessment:
- Formative portfolio assessment is used to illustrate learning in progress. It is often considered an “autobiography of the learner.”
- Summative assessment illustrates cumulative learning at a set point in an instructional program or sequence. It provides a longitudinal demonstration of the thinking behind, and application of, learned skills and understandings.
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