Capturing and Advancing Student Learning: Three Types of Student Portfolios

Reading By Example

In Schools That Work: Where All Children Read and Write (Allyn & Bacon, 2007), Richard Allington and Patricia Cunningham recommend educators use different types of portfolios for different assessment purposes. Combining this information with Evangelina Harris Stefanakis’s resource Multiple Intellgences and Portfolios: A Window into the Learner’s Mind (Heinneman, 2002), I drew this chart that visual summarizes their thinking, plus a little bit of my own:



I have a similar chart in my book Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole School Approach to Connected Learning and Continuous Assessment (Powerful Learning Press, 2014). Actually, I shortened it down to just progress and performance portfolios, for sake of brevity.

Now that I have had a few months to reflect on what I wrote, I am not confident that this is how assessment really looks like in the classroom. Teachers don’t naturally parse out these different methods. The classroom is too kinetic and…

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