Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 18 2 For the examined aspects of writing performance, portfolio-based instruction and assessment seems to have clear effects.
However, in practice only few teachers in Germany using writing portfolios have actually been prepared to use them. If your purpose is merely to collect work samples to pass along to another teacher or parent, there is no need to actually grade the portfolios.
At this stage, the portfolio is an example of summative evaluation, and may be particularly useful as a public relations tool. Set a goal, or purpose, for the portfolio.
Instead of making decisions based on instinct, teachers have to set priorities, to consider the multiple aspects of writing and portfolio use as illustrated in Fig. I use the following guidelines: Is the work completed correctly mechanicscompletely informationand comprehensively depth?