Characteristics of Portfolios

by: nickrate

Are the following characteristics of portfolios supporting assessment for learning or assessment of learning.

  1. 1

    Audience is external. Learner has little or no choice.

  2. 2

    Portfolio is maintained on an ongoing basis through year.

  3. 3

    Developed at the end of term or year.

  4. 4

    Sometimes used to make high stakes decisions.

  5. 5

    Artifacts are used to determine the outcomes of what has been taught.

  6. 6

    Fosters intrinsic motivation and engages the learner.

  7. 7

    Rarely used for high stakes decisions.

  8. 8

    Audience is the learner, family, friends. The learner can choose.

  9. 9

    Shows what has been learned to date.

  10. 10

    Requires extrinsic motivation.

  11. 11

    Artifacts selected by the learner to tell the story of their learning.

  12. 12

    Purpose of portfolio is prescribed by school.

  13. 13

    Portfolio artifacts are scored and graded using a rubric sometimes for external use.

  14. 14

    Structured around a set of outcomes or standards.

  15. 15

    Portfolio purpose is agreed upon with the learner.

  16. 16

    Artifcats reviewed with the learner providing feedback to improve learning.

  17. 17

    Portfolio is organised by the learner or negotiated with teacher.

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    What are the learning needs in the future?


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