Definition: a portfolio is a collection of student work that demonstrates progress and growth. Teachers can determine if specific assessments should be present or involve students in determining the success criteria for what is to be added. Portfolios can be paper or digital and can provide an immense amount of insight into student learning over a period of time.

Purpose: The purpose of a portfolio is to collect student learning and demonstrate the specific evidence of growth in a variety of standards and content. Using portfolios is an excellent way to get students involved in the assessment process and for teachers to authentically assess student growth. Portfolios can be used in lieu of testing or final projects.



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