Long-term Task Formats and Examples
Product Performance Extended Constructed Response
Curriculum Unit Portfolio Assessment
A Portfolio Assessment for Visual Arts
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 involves the identification, collection, and evaluation of a systematically collected body of work, used to demonstrate growth and learning. While used 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 background and learning contexts (where the student started), process (how learning has progressed), and a student's 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.
Visual Arts Portfolio (PDF: 228k)
Back to Top