How do they evaluate my portfolio? What are rubrics?
As your portfolio moves through developmental stages—from getting started to working to professional to employment, it will be subjected to a continuous process of analysis and assessment. Much of the analysis will be your responsibility, as you decide things such as what artifacts to include under each standard, the level of competence each artifact demonstrates, and which artifacts to revise, eliminate, or replace. Other evaluation may be done by your course instructors, your field experience mentor teachers and supervisors, and your peers. A number of tools will be used in the portfolio evaluation process. These are described below.
Artifact Assessment Rubrics
An Artifact Assessment Rubric is an instrument used to help you or others make a judgment as to whether an artifact demonstrates that you are at the unacceptable, emerging, proficient, or exemplary level for one of the 12 program standards. There is a separate rubric for assessing artifacts for each of the 12 standards. Eventually you will become familiar with all of the rubrics.
Most often, the Artifact Assessment Rubrics are used by your course instructors or field supervisors to evaluate your required artifacts. Sometimes, you may be asked to use an Artifact Assessment Rubric to evaluate one of your own artifacts. At other times, a course instructor may ask your peers to use an Artifact Assessment Rubric to evaluate one of your artifacts.
Artifact Rubric Assessment Sheet
When a course instructor or practicum/student teaching supervisor uses a rubric to evaluate one of your required artifacts, he or she will “grade” the artifact and complete an Artifact Rubric Assessment sheet using the ePortfolio system. The ePortfolio system automatically keeps completed assessment sheets in your ePortfolio, where they are available for you to review. Below is a sample of an Artifact Rubric Assessment sheet.
Rubric Grade vs Instructor Letter Grade
A rubric is a grading system that is used for portfolios. It is a consistent way for all faculty to graduate students.
A grade is based on instructor's criteria. It is not related to the portfolio system.
ePortfolio Stepping Stones for Artifacts