Portfolio Assessment

What is Portfolio Assessment?

In portfolio assessment, rather than receiving a grade for each individual essay, students turn in a collection of essays and are assessed holistically on their entire portfolio. There are a variety of ways to set up portfolios: students can include all of their writing for the semester in a final portfolio, choose three or four of their best essays, compile a mid-semester and final portfolio, etc. Most portfolios, however, have these common features: 

Advantages of Portfolio Assessment

There are a number of advantages to using portfolio assessment rather than grading each essay individually: 

Portfolios and Instructor Workload

Portfolio assessment can be more time consuming than paper-by-paper assessment, but there are a number of techniques you can deploy to make portfolio assessment less of a workload: