Other Options for Assessment
Are there other options available to assess the academic performance of students? In recent times several other various types of assessments have developed or come out of the woodwork. Some of these tools include multiple assessment methods and performance based assessments which both include my favorite alternative the portfolio.
The portfolio includes an organized compilation of the academic work the student has done. This collection of academic accomplishments shows off various skills and levels. Each piece of work is carefully chosen to be in the portfolio based on purpose and progress. Academic work can include but is not limited to journal entries, reports, poetry, test results, art, self-assessments, and videotapes. The teacher chooses the work which best demonstrates student’s ability and achievements.
Portfolios have both strengths and weaknesses. Strengths includes an all-inclusive collection of the student's work which shows various abilities, accomplishments, and skills; portfolios allow for students to self-reflect on their own academic work; enables students to think decisively; and sets up a way to help show students their progress and what they need to improve in.
On the other hand, the weakness of portfolios include time consumption, reliability is lower than standard tests, and they are on the expensive side as well. Even with these weaknesses though, most educational psychologists and educational organizations support portfolios as an assessment option.