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Using portfolios as an assessment tool

Using portfolios as an assessment tool

Dr Hammond discusses how writing is assessed at Stony Brook and how this assessment has evolved from assessing only the student’s end product to assessing the writing process and the growth of the student’s skills. Portfolio collection, which began at Stony Brook in the late 1970s, has enabled students to gather evidence of this progression. The faculty in the Writing Program work with their students to prepare the students’ portfolios for an external grader (other faculty within the department). Portfolios enable the faculty member to take on a coaching role rather than a grader. The students’ portfolios are judged to check students’ mastery of research skills, organizational skills, paragraphing skills, grammatical and punctuation skills, and choosing an appropriate tone of voice for... Show More


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