I have been an advocate for portfolio assessment for many years. I believe that by using a range of student’s work over time to measure growth is far more effective than how well a student can bubble. Another benefit of portfolio’s is that the student begins to lose that emphasis on the letter grade system and becomes more aware of change and his or her own development. This type of metacognitive awareness has long term, positive impact on how our students think, how they react to the world around them, and on their futures.
Educators and students alike can use portfolios to collaborate through the use of action research. Fredericksburg Academy has been doing action research, and as part of that, they are creating electronic portfolios with their students. Click the link below to read more about their innovative approach!
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