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3:1 - Starting out

This manual describes a model of an assessment portfolio which incorporates many components. Teachers experienced in using portfolios emphasize that they began with smaller portfolio projects and increased their scope in following years. If you are new to portfolios, you could limit your portfolio to measuring progress in one area, such as oral communication, rather than oral and written communication. Or, you could focus on self-assessment, rather than on all learning strategies. Modifying portfolio activities is another possibility. For example, instead of having students set goals every week, have them set goals every two weeks; instead of having a parent-teacher portfolio conference, send a letter home to parents. We have provided a variety of resources from which you can select, based on your current use of portfolios, curriculum, and instructional factors. As you become more comfortable with portfolios, you can add components.
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