I was a writing teacher at an inner-city Elementary School of Arts for over ten years. I was responsible for teaching third through sixth grades-three classes each. My focus was on fourth and fifth graders. I was originally asked to create a pilot portfolio program by my supervisor. The progress of my students was so successful that I was invited to present my program at a State-wide spring ELA conference
The heart of the program is the on-going assessment form. The portfolio is flexible in that student writing can be used with any subject. Baseline information is recorded on forms at the beginning of the school year and at the end of every grading period. There are forms for teacher use, as well as forms for student self-assessment. Information recorded is based on student work. My Writing Assessment Portfolio Program was created using Common Core Standards and Goals.
Benefits of this program include:
-Identifying a student's strengths and areas of need
-Concrete, visual proof of student growth to those invested in a particular student (parents, teachers, counselors and principal).
-Promotes student self-assessment
Materials for the Assessment Program include a "Working Portfolio" for each student, a teacher records portfolio for each student and various forms included in the packet.
The program is easy to use, takes a minimum of time and has proven a successful tool to improve student growth in writing.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License