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Tool: Choosing purposes for portfolios

Use the following list to determine what purpose you want the portfolios to serve:

Possible use

Your needs and the possible “fit”

As a showcase for the student’s best work, as chosen by the student

As a showcase for the student’s best work, as chosen by the teacher

As a showcase for the student’s interests

As a showcase for the student’s growth

As evidence of self-assessment and self-adjustment

As evidence enabling professional assessment of student performance, based on a technically sound sample of work

As a complete collection of student work for documenting and archiving

As a constantly changing sample of work chosen by the student, reflecting different job applications and exhibitions over time

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