What is a portfolio?
• “A purposeful collection of students work that
exhibits the student’s efforts, progress and
achievements in one area.” (Paulson, Mayer
• A portfolio is a systematic collection of one’s work.
Purpose of portfolio
1. Documentation of student progress
2. Showcasing student accomplishments
3. Evaluation of student
Why use Portfolio?
• Through the process students grow in:
• Creativity and Innovation
• Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
• Communication and Collaboration
Why are Portfolios useful?
• Puts ownership of learning back in
hands of student
• Allows student to see what they are
great at and what still needs work
Essential elements of portfolio
1. Entries – both core (required) and optional (uniqueness of
2. Dates of all entries – to facilitate proof of growth over time
3. Drafts of oral and written products and revised versions
a. What did I learn from it?
b. What did I do well?
c. Why did I choose this item?
d. What do I want to improve in the item?
e. How do I feel about my performance?
f. What were the problems areas?
How are portfolios assessed?
• Rubrics are used by students to self-
OTHER METHODS OF
• Peer evaluations
• Teacher-student conferences
• Parent-teacher conferences
• Meets individual needs,
interests and abilities of
• Great way to document and
• Self-evaluation and
personal ownership for
• Difficult to evaluate
• It takes “loads of time” to be
carried out properly
Pros and Cons of Portfolio Assessment
• Measures student's ability over time
• Done by teacher and student; student aware of
• Decide what kind of work to collect
• Require students to continually evaluate their own