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Strategy 2. Engaging students in assessing their own work (portfolios)

In portfolios, teachers and students collect an array of work and other information on behavior, learning and progress, which they can both examine. Students can use the portfolio to learn to assess their own work and to guide their own learning. For instance, patterns often emerge from the samples in a portfolio. These allow students to identify areas that may require extra attention. Self-assessment of this type helps students to adjust their work in order to progress toward standards.

Portfolios also serve other purposes. Teachers need to understand these purposes and be aware of the many choices related to portfolios and their entries. This tool set is intended to help teachers think through the decisions: