This student self-assessment portfolio was designed to offer students an opportunity to assess themselves and monitor their progress. The original purpose was for students to use this portfolio as a way to illustrate their achievements at an Open House. After brainstorming ideas, a multitude of other uses were found: Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) meetings or annual reviews, parent-teacher conferences, and as an ongoing student self-assessment device.
The concept was created in hopes that students would benefit academically and by becoming more responsible for their achievements. The benefits could include:
• Higher academic achievement
• Consistent on-task behavior
• Increase in test scores
• Cognizant of their choices
• Amplify parent awareness of student success
• Establish and apply organizational skills
The purpose of the planning worksheet is for teachers to use as an introductory tool for the student self-assessment. It is laid out like a worksheet and provides questions next to the main headings to aid students as they think about their academic goals. Students will use this as a starting point to develop their goal(s) and then their final goal(s) will be put onto the Planning Grid.
After completing the Planning Worksheet, students will transcribe the information onto their Planning Grid. The Planning Grid was intended to illustrate how their tasks and subgoals assist them in achieving their overall goal (Major Goal). The spreadsheet will be developed from their grids to aid in their monitoring.
The teacher then takes the grids and creates individual “How Did I Do” spreadsheets to monitor students’ daily performance. With more time, students could create their own spreadsheets, giving them practice using technology. At the end of the week students will fill out the bottom portion of the spreadsheet, which allows them to reflect on their accomplishments of the week.
Students will be given a folder where they will keep their Planning Worksheet, Planning Grid, “How Did I Do” spreadsheet, and academic work that related to goal and compiled by the student. The portfolio will be left in the room and students will come in the class, take their portfolio, fill out their self-assessment forms, and place any course work that relates to their goal.