The Portfolio Project

The Portfolio Project

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This book is a study, in research-based narrative form, of one middle school's implementation of a new portfolio assessment plan in response to statewide policy changes in California. The book highlights the interactions of state, district, and local forces as teachers work to implement a portfolio-assessment plan that collects student work and evaluates it systematically. It examines a portfolio-assessment project that views student work through three progressive lenses: warm, value free; cool, analytical; and hard, critical. The plot of the book traverses a 15-year period in California during which assessment drove instruction across the state, often in unexamined and contradictory ways, always in powerful ways. The book traces the ebb and flow of a variety of assessment philosophies located in living rooms, classrooms, principals' offices, district headquarters, and in downtown Sacramento (the state capital)--a variety of philosophies coming and going that left behind fixed, predictable histories of conflict in classrooms. Its story appears to have parallels in the recent history of schools all over the United States. Chapters in the book are: (1) qWashers, Dryers, and School Reformersq; (2) qThe Portfolio-Assessment System as an Innovation at Charles Ruffq; (3) qPortfolios in Reviewq; (4) qThe Seeds of Change in California, 1983-1994q; (5) qRuff Unified School Districtq; (6) qInside the Middle (School)q; (7) qRuff Instructionq; (8) qRuff Students and Their Portfoliosq; and (9) qConclusions and Implications.q Contains an Epilogue, an Appendix giving the research method, and an extensive list of works cited. (NKA)A Study of Assessment, Instruction, and Middle School Reform Terry Underwood ... levels; a scoring rubric for the reading portion of the test; and type-specific scoring guides for the writing portion of the test. ... been designed to have either a topical, thematic, or generic tie to the passage and to the discussion of the passage.

Title:The Portfolio Project
Author: Terry Underwood
Publisher:National Council of Teachers - 1999-01-01

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