Capstone Project Title
The research question addressed in this project was, How can portfolios be used as an assessment of Common Core reading standards in an eighth grade middle school classroom? As standardized testing continues to drive educational policy and decision-making, the author questions if traditional standardized tests are what is best for students, educators, or families. Researching through the lenses of attitudes toward standardized testing as well as the effectiveness of standardized testing, the author ultimately pursues the research of the use of portfolios as an alternative means of formally assessing students. An examination of the existing literature reveals that portfolios hold a great amount of potential in terms of assessment; however, on a large-scale level, problems remain in terms of scoring such portfolios. With these findings in mind, the author creates a framework for a standards-based reading portfolio that could be integrated into any eighth-grade English Language Arts classroom in Minnesota as a means of showing students’ growth toward and mastery of Minnesota reading standards.
Curriculum, Reading, Portfolio, Standardized Testing
Schmitz, Carolyn, "An Exploration Of Portfolios As An Alternative Assessment To Standardized Testing" (2018). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 241.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects