Characteristics of Portfolios

by: nickrate

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

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

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    Portfolio purpose is agreed upon with the learner.

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    Portfolio is maintained on an ongoing basis through year.

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    Sometimes used to make high stakes decisions.

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    Requires extrinsic motivation.

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    Audience is external. Learner has little or no choice.

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    Purpose of portfolio is prescribed by school.

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    Portfolio is organised by the learner or negotiated with teacher.

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

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

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    Rarely used for high stakes decisions.

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    What are the learning needs in the future?

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    Structured around a set of outcomes or standards.

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    Fosters intrinsic motivation and engages the learner.

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    Shows what has been learned to date.

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

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    Artifcats reviewed with the learner providing feedback to improve learning.

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    Developed at the end of term or year.

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