Portfolio Design and Plan

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Project #1: Portfolio Design and Plan

Portfolio Design and Plan:

1. Devise a plan for using portfolios in assessing student progress and communicating that progress to parents.

2. Create the portfolio for students in a particular subject area or grade level. Include the following elements:

i. Rationale;

ii. Purpose;

iii. Collaboration goals;

iv. Content;

v. Evaluation criteria;

vi. Role of the parent, teacher, and learner.

3. Consider aspects of validity; representativeness, rubrics, and relevance.

4. Refer to Wilson’s formative assessment article as well as the Understanding by Design websites in preparing your plan.

Use the following guidelines to design a portfolio assessment system for your teaching area:

Create the following:



Identification of cognitive skills and dispositions

Description of stakeholders' involvement

Consideration of products and number of samples.

Consider curricular area, content areas and number of samples of each.

Scoring Rubrics

Prepare rubrics for cognitive skills in selected content areas

Prepare rubrics for rating the portfolio as a whole

Develop a rating and grading scheme by aggregating all portfolio ratings.

Consider weighting. Devise a method to arrive at an overall

portfolio rating. You may consider assigning values and meanings

such as 90-100 A -Outstanding, etc.

Determine logistics.

Consider how products can be turned in, where the portfolios will be kept, time lines, and accessibility.

Plan a final conference.

At the end of the year, plan should be in place to conference with all stakeholders.

Finally, create a Portfolio Development Checklist addressing and outlining each of the above listed steps (very important).

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Portfolio Design and Plan
Introduction and organization
The portfolio is a focused assortment of a student task that shows improvement in the
development of skills, knowledge, values and attitudes in a certain area.

Portfolios will

showcase and highlight each student’s actual learning process through which certain skills and
concepts were acquired and their ability to effectively demonstrate that knowledge. Portfolios
will also be used as an effective assessment tool, allowing both teacher and student opportunities
to modify performance as necessary (Larson, 2010).
Portfolio program cannot be successful insolation but it involves considerable effort on
the part of education stakeholders like teachers, administrators, parents and policymakers. One of
the most important aspects of student portfolios is the opportunity students are given, in
consultation with teachers and parents is to set academic goals, engage in self-assessment, to
reflect and improve on their work. The skill of evaluating one’s work or performance is a vital
attribute to not only survives in the “real world” but to become a contributing member (Wilson,
At the beginning of each year, teachers will introduce or revisit the concept of portfolios
with students by sharing examples of different kinds of portfolios such as art, academic, and
business, as well as explaining the overall purpose and vision of portfolios for the school.
Teachers will also go over what students portfolios will look like specifically for their particular
grade or for the middle school. This should include a review of specific vocabulary, the selection
guidelines, as well as the reflection and self-assessment process. Teachers should also show
students how the portfolios will be kept, utilized and shared in their classrooms. In addition,



teachers will also send a letter home to parents ...

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