Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Types of Assessment Tools: Portfolio Assessment

A portfolio is an organized collection of material attesting a candidate’s learning and achievements related to standards or competencies. The candidate is required to prepare a personal portfolio that contains elements including: formal education, work history, documented informal learning experiences, and sample work. Candidates must provide supporting evidence of everything included. The following table outlines the respective advantages and disadvantages of this type of assessment.

Advantages:

Provides an assessment of knowledge and skills which are difficult to observe and evaluate for others

Disadvantages:
Costly to develop reliable scoring scheme (need very clear guidelines)
Candidates must spend considerable time assembling the portfolio
Time consuming and difficult to score
Variety of documents submitted therefore difficult to establish equivalencies

This post is based on content from 'Assessment Tools Certification' by Human Resource Systems Group, Ltd.

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