Evaluating Electronic Portfolios

©2003, Helen C. Barrett, Ph.D.

Here is a suggested process for building a rubric to evaluate your electronic portfolios.

Beginning to Assess Electronic Portfolios -
Step 1 - Determine levels of performance in the rubric -- how many columns?

One of the major tasks in using portfolios for assessment is to develop a rubric to evaluate your portfolio. There are two levels of assessment: (1) the contents or outcomes that the portfolio is prepared to demonstrate ("What"); (2) the process or how the portfolio is constructed ("How"). Let's begin by determining the Levels of Performance you would like to have in your rubric. Review the rubrics below. They all place the levels of performance across the top of the table. What levels do you want to include in your rubric? For younger portfolio developers, there would be fewer levels and perhaps visual indicators for students to select:

 
Levels of Performance
Criteria to evaluate Content descriptions  
   

Step 2: Components/elements that we want to assess individually

Next, determines the Criteria you would like to evaluate in your rubric. Review the rubrics that are listed below. They all place the criteria down the left side of the table. What criteria do you want to include in your rubric? Keep in mind that there are two levels of evaluation: content and process (see Step 1 above).

 
Levels of Performance
Criteria to evaluate Content descriptions  
   

Step 3: Content Descriptions

Finally, determine the Content descriptions you would like to evaluate in your rubric. You will now fill in the cells in your rubric. How much detail do you want to include? Want some help? Go to http://rubistar.4teachers.org/

 
Levels of Performance
Criteria to evaluate Content descriptions  
   

Various rubrics online

There are several rubrics here. Pick a couple that you think will help you evaluate your own e-portfolio:

Here are a few links on how to build performance assessment and rubrics:


Updated 6/2/03