Assess students

Reporting portfolio results

STEP 7. Analyze the data

Portfolios are generally evaluated using a scoring rubric. [more] Sometimes it is also desirable to assess each of the component materials contained in the portfolio as students complete them to document their progress. Again, a scoring rubric is often the best way to assess component materials. View an example rubric for grading an electronic portfolio

STEP 8. Make conclusions

Evaluate portfolios based on how well students met course learning objectives including any requirements for self-reflection. You may decide to base individual student scores on the final, finished product, a formula based on scores from individual component materials, or the degree of improvement over the term.

STEP 9. Report results

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. According to this law, you may not release grades or other non-directory information (i.e. social security numbers; student identification number, race, ethnicity, and/or nationality; gender; or transcripts) to anyone except the student (unless a prior written consent of the student is received). [more] 

Therefore, grades or feedback about the portfolio must be kept confidential and only released directly to the student. Never publicly post scores or grades. Providing detailed feedback to students will help them improve their portfolio for possible future uses such as graduate school admissions or as part of an employment application.

You may report general results of the portfolio assignment without providing any student identifiers (e.g. percentage of letter grades awarded) and still maintain confidentiality. When you report general results, be sure to include your overall impressions, how scores were calculated, and the contribution to the course grade.

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