Richard Pan

Education Matters: Odds and ends

More high schools are focusing on end-of-the-year portfolios “as indicators of whether students have acquired the skills they will need to succeed after graduation,” according to a recent article in EdSource.

Titled “High schools turning to student portfolios to assess academic progress,” the article defines portfolios as a compilation of work or an in-depth research project.

“Portfolios are the end product of months of intense collaboration, research, critical thinking and multiple revisions that students typically present in their senior year,” states the article. “Students have to defend their portfolios before a panel of teachers, fellow students or even outside members...