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Portfolios in education;


Today's educators are acquiring a clearer picture of student learning and growth. To achieve a more comprehensive assessment of student growth, teachers are turning to alternative assessment tools. One such tool is a portfolio. What is a portfolio? What is the purpose of a portfolio? How does one design and implement portfolios? The purpose of this article is to answer these questions and to study, first hand, how elementary teachers in Charles City, Iowa are designing and implementing portfolios.

After reviewing published literature and research, a survey instrument was created to answer questions concerning design, implementation, and other elements of portfolio assessment. Most importantly, teachers were given the opportunity to acknowledge the impact portfolios have had in their classrooms. The designs and methods of implementing portfolios varied to fit a variety of purposes and different classroom environments. Teachers commented that the greatest impact of this form of assessment centered around growth in student work, student reflection, and student ownership.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Margaret F. Ishler


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