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High School-Level Assessments: Portfolios/Performance-Based and/or Other Nontraditional

Why does it matter? Students benefit when they have alternatives to standardized tests to demonstrate they have met learning objectives.

Policies included in this indicator suggest that a state assesses high school students using portfolios and/or other performance-based or nontraditional assessments. Currently two states—Kentucky and Rhode Island—include a portfolio or other performance-based component in its statewide assessment program. Kentucky requires all 12th grade students to complete a writing portfolio, while Rhode Island directs districts to select at least two measures of proficiency in their local graduation requirements. Such measures may include "portfolios, extended capstone projects, public exhibitions, a Certificate of Initial Mastery, or departmental end-of-course exams—which may include industry-certification exams."

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Last updated: April 11, 2007

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Allow for portfolios/performance-based assessment for students who do not have IEPs
Indiana No, although "After a governing body holds a public hearing on a proposed portfolio program, the governing body may establish a portfolio program to maintain a portfolio of a student's work at grade levels designated by the governing body." However, such portfolio programs appear to be the exception rather than the norm.
Kentucky Yes. The grade 12 writing assessment is conducted through the development of a four-piece writing portfolio.
Rhode Island Yes. Effective with the Class of 2008, students must demonstrate subject area proficiency through at least two means selected by the district. Methods by which students may demonstrate proficiency are "portfolios, extended capstone projects, public exhibitions, a Certificate of Initial Mastery, or departmental end-of-course exams—which may include industry-certification exams."


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