Assessment of the portfolio should be viewed as an interactive process that engages the student and the department professors in monitoring performance. This criterion-referenced assessment relates teaching and evaluation in a unique way. Not only do professors see what students think about as they evaluate their learning, professors can evaluate and change their teaching based on what students say about learning.
Portfolio assessment is an ongoing process that involves the teacher and student in selecting pieces to include and to individually accent the uniqueness of the student. What goes into the portfolio should be much more than a simple folder of student work. Students should be encouraged to consider the purpose of the portfolio for their individual use. For example, a student would include different things in the portfolio based on individual goals: showcasing of a study abroad experience, a graduate school entrance, a work place job interview, a teaching portfolio for education students, and an oral based job in the social service sector. Each goal would require different pieces for evaluation.
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