Student-Centered Assessment Guide: Process Portfolios

Developed by the Students at the Center Team to illustrate the practical application of the research described in their Assessing Learning paper, this guide summarizes peer assessment as a student-centered assessment practice. The guide provides a clear definition and steps for implementing process portfolios effectively in the classroom. It provides links to online examples of portions of students’ portfolios including a personal statement, a student reflection of development in written communication, and a full biology process portfolio.

A process portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work that documents student growth from novice to master. Successful process portfolios actively engage students in their creation, especially in determining their goals, selecting work to be included, and reflecting on how each piece demonstrates progress toward their goals. This simple guide can help any teacher begin implementing this practice in their classroom.

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