Portfolios are the required tool for the assessment of home schooled children in the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board. It allows us to track learning and progress, provide guidance and direction, and ultimately evaluate the learning that has taken place throughout the year. A Portfolio Evaluation Meeting takes place at the end of the year where
Your child should be an active member in putting the portfolio together. Allow your child the opportunity to decide on evidence, samples of his/her work that he/she wants to have included; ones that they deem to be their best work. However, pieces must also be included that show practice (i.e., drafts); even if these work samples include errors. This allows for a complete portrait of the child’s abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
WHAT IS THE PORTFOLIO?
· The portfolio is an arrangement of carefully selected pieces of work
· The portfolio must include samples of work for every compulsory subject for a given grade
· The portfolio should demonstrate growth, effort and progress throughout the school year
· The portfolio must demonstrate mastery or progress of the competencies outlines in the QEP
· The portfolio must demonstrate knowledge of learning goals outlined in the Progressions of Learning
HOW DO YOU PRESENT THE PORTFOLIO?
· Printed format (i.e., in a binder with dividers)
· Electronic format (i.e., ePEARL, Google Slides, Seesaw)
To engage in goal setting and self-assessment, home schooled children should reflect upon the work that has been accomplished throughout the year.
A reflection could be included at the beginning of the portfolio or, several small reflections could be used to compliment specific pieces of work. This allows the child to reflect on assignments, projects and skills worked on during the year. Furthermore, the reflection(s) could serve to facilitate the discussion between the child and the evaluator at the end-of-year evaluation.
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