Characteristics of Portfolios

by: nickrate

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

  1. 1

    Portfolio is maintained on an ongoing basis through year.

  2. 2

    Portfolio purpose is agreed upon with the learner.

  3. 3

    Portfolio is organised by the learner or negotiated with teacher.

  4. 4

    Audience is external. Learner has little or no choice.

  5. 5

    Purpose of portfolio is prescribed by school.

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

    Shows what has been learned to date.

  8. 8

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

  9. 9

    Fosters intrinsic motivation and engages the learner.

  10. 10

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

  11. 11

    Sometimes used to make high stakes decisions.

  12. 12

    Requires extrinsic motivation.

  13. 13

    Developed at the end of term or year.

  14. 14

    Rarely used for high stakes decisions.

  15. 15

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

  16. 16

    Artifcats reviewed with the learner providing feedback to improve learning.

  17. 17

    Structured around a set of outcomes or standards.

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    What are the learning needs in the future?


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