The Portfolio Process
What are checkpoints? How do I know when I am in a checkpoint course?
Each teacher preparation program at Cleveland State has identified three or more checkpoints for portfolio evaluation:
- Checkpoint 1: This is usually done in one of the first professional courses you take. The purpose is to make sure you know how to use the ePortfolio system and have started the Working Portfolio section of your ePortfolio. You will not actually “submit” your Working Portfolio through the ePortfolio system; but your instructor will let you know what needs to be checked and how it will be done. It may just be a matter of printing a copy of your ePortfolio “My Files” report and turning it in.
- Checkpoint 2: After you have taken a number of professional courses, the expectation is that you should have several artifacts in the Working Portfolio section of your ePortfolio. When directed by your instructor you will use the ePortfolio system to “submit” your Working Portfolio. At this point, your Working Portfolio will be checked on five criteria:
- Is it well organized (e.g., it includes all required sections)?
- Does it include an appropriate and adquate number of required and/or optional artifacts for each of the 12 college outcomes?
- Does it include a REFLECTION COVER SHEET for each artifact?
- Does it include an ARTIFACT RUBRIC ASSESSMENT sheet for each required artifact?
- Does it include an updated STANDARD SUMMARY SHEET?
When you use ePortfolio, you will find that the only criteria you really have to be concerned about is the second one. The system automatically takes care of the first and fifth criteria; and when you submit your Working Portfolio for Checkpoint 2, the system will not let you include artifacts without the required reflection sheets or rubric assessment sheets.
- Checkpoint 3: This checkpoint usually comes near the end of your program, before student teaching. For this checkpoint, you will use the ePortfolio system to submit your Professional Portfolio for assessment. At Checkpoint 3, all of the required and optional artifacts in your Professional Portfolio will be reviewed to determine your status on each of the 12 college outcomes. You will be assessed as Exemplary, Proficient, Emerging, or Unacceptable on each outcome. The criteria you must meet at this checkpoint in order to be approved for student teaching are:
- All 12 outcomes must be assessed as Emerging or better
- At least 8 outcomes must be assessed as Proficient or Exemplary
- The Proficient or Exemplary outcomes must include Outcome 2 – Social Foundations, Outcome 3 – Knowledge of Subject Matter and Inquiry, Outcome 4—Knowledge of Development and Learning, Outcome 8—Instructional Strategies, and Outcome 10—Technology.
- Checkpoint 4: This checkpoint occurs near the end of student teaching. For this checkpoint, you use the ePortfolio system to submit your Professional Portfolio for assessment. At Checkpoint 4, all of the required and optional artifacts in your Professional Portfolio will be reviewed to determine your status on each of the 12 college outcomes. Again you will be assessed as Exemplary, Proficient, Emerging, or Unacceptable on each outcome. The criterion you must meet at this checkpoint in order for you teaching license application to be endorsed by Cleveland State and send to the Ohio Department of Education is:
- All 12 outcomes must be assessed as Proficient or Exemplary.
Between CHECKPOINT 1 & CHECKPOINT 2
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