While I agree with both Alice and Beth that there is infinite value in the
process of gathering samples and local scoring that fact that the DOE
doesn't report the results back - even to the school - diminishes its
importance to the teachers. I have heard many teachers say, "Who even
knows about them?" When NSRE scores are reported to everyone, and
portfolio scores remain hidden, it has sent a message about the relative
value of each. Ask the teachers.
I am NOT advocating public reporting of portfolio scores (in my opinion
public reporting causes more problems than it solves) but how can teachers
make use of portfolio data when they don't get any? Yes, they can go to
calibrations or become official scorers. Maybe up north everyone does
that? But here we are lucky if a couple of the teachers go to a
calibration session. There is a lot of uncertainty about local scoring.
Teachers aren't sure if their scoring really reflects what's going on with
their students and they would benefit GREATLY from feedback from the state.
The DOE has said all along that one of the major purposes of assessment is
to inform instruction. If the portfolio scores are not reported back to
the schools this goal is not being accomplished, whatever other goals may
be won from local scoring. Until this is remedied I think it goes beyond
whispering. We should be clamoring to get this feedback to teachers so
they can use it to help their students and their own classroom practice.
>Not true! As a matter of fact there are many folks working hard to
>ensure the continued use of portfolio and to improve their usefullness
>to the school improvement process. The DOE is very committed, as are
>others, to performance-based assessments...the true cornerstone of
>standards-based teaching and learning. Portfolios are presently one of
>only 3 local assessments that can be included in the state
>accountability system. There are plans under consideration to improve
>the reliablity of scores so that they have greater meaning and the
>public will have more confidence in them. Classroom assessments are
>where it's at for improving instruction and student achievement so don't
>even whisper that they may be losing their significance!!!
>John Tapper wrote:
>> >I have looked through all of the data sent to us regarding the three
>> >sessions of testing for 8th and 10th graders last spring but have not
>> >found any results concerning the portfolios that were sent in...how
>> do I
>> >get those results?
>> It's rather strange, but you can't. The state won't give out the
>> results to anyone. Our superintendent tried numerous times to get
>> My theory is that the portfolios are being made less important because
>> NSRE's. This is another step in making them insignificant.
>> John Tapper