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Developing Portfolios for Authentic Assessment, PreK-3
Guiding Potential in Young Learners


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December 2007 | 152 pages | Corwin

"Appropriate assessment of young children involves parents, teachers, and the children themselves. Kingore takes the portfolio method even further and makes a case for the involvement of early childhood educators and school administrators as well."
—Sue Javid, Early Childhood Consultant
Macomb Intermediate School District, Clinton Township, MI

"This book will contribute a great deal to the knowledge and skills teachers must have to successfully implement authentic assessment in pre-primary and primary grades. Provides the knowledge, insight, and compelling arguments on why portfolio assessment is needed in early childhood education."
—Susan Belgrad, Associate Professor, California State University, Northridge
Author, The Portfolio Connection, Third Edition

A streamlined process for assessing children in the early grades!

Written for early childhood educators, this invaluable handbook demonstrates how to use portfolios for assessment and offers techniques for combining portfolios with traditional measurements to design effective instruction and curricula for young children.

Reflecting current research on how children learn, this practical resource features an insightful discussion on authentic assessment goals and ways to make the portfolio process fun for learners while using developmentally appropriate teaching practices. Educators will find:

  • Concise, easy-to-understand instructions for developing portfolios
  • Guidelines for involving children in portfolio development
  • Methods for gathering data and documenting students' learning
  • Rubrics, sample portfolios, and abundant reproducibles
  • Additional materials and procedures to help integrate assessment and instruction

Developing Portfolios for Authentic Assessment, PreK–3 offers preschool and primary grade teachers efficient, user-friendly tools for assessing the children in their classrooms.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Assessing Young Children
Authentic Assessment Goals  
What Is the Value of a Portfolio?  
Research Related to Portfolios and Assessment  
Assessment Terms and Explanations  
2. Putting Portfolios Into Action  
What Is a Portfolio?  
Portfolio Objectives  
Planning a Sequence for Implementing Portfolios  
 
3. Child-Involved Portfolio Management
Introducing the Process to Young Children  
Materials  
Organizing the Process  
Reflection as a Teacher-Directed Learning Task  
Size of a Portfolio  
Who Selects the Products?  
Increasing Children's Role in Selection and Reflection  
A Portfolio Center  
Words of Experience  
 
4. Products That Impact Assessment
Product Criteria  
Open-Ended and Single-Correct-Answer Products  
Portfolio Products  
 
5. Techniques to Document Achievement
Learning Logs  
Repeated Tasks That Emphasize Skill Development  
Skill Captions  
Analytical Observation  
Rubrics for Young Children  
To Grade or Not to Grade  
 
6. Communication With Parents
Parents Communicating With Teachers  
Parent-Teacher Conferences  
Children Communicating With Parents  
Teachers Communicating With Parents  
 
7. End of the Year
Reflection of the Assessment Process  
Products to Guide the Next Teacher  
Publishing the Yearly Portfolio Books  
Celebrating the Published Portfolio Books  
 
Appendix: Stationary Templates
 
References
 
Index

"Powerful, practical ideas to make learning visible to key stakeholders—the children and their families."

Amy Augenblick, Executive Director
Foundations for Families

"This book will contribute a great deal to the knowledge and skills teachers must have to successfully implement authentic assessment in pre-primary and primary grades. It is well positioned to provide the knowledge, insight, and compelling argument on why portfolio assessment is needed in early childhood education."

Susan Belgrad, Associate Professor
California State University, Northridge

"This book is well organized and presents portfolios in a teacher-friendly way."

Marianne Lucas Lescher, Principal
Kyrene de la Mariposa Elementary School, Tempe, AZ

"Appropriate assessment of young children involves parents, teachers, and the children themselves. Kingore takes the portfolio method even further and makes a case for the involvement of early childhood educators and school administrators as well."

Sue Javid, Early Childhood Consultant
Macomb Intermediate School District, Clinton Township, MI

"Practical and simply written."

Shannan McNair, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Oakland University, Rochester, MI

"Kingore's splendid book enables every teacher, parent, administrator, and counselor to understand the role and value of the portfolio in the growth of the young child. This book is a must-read for all of us who seek to support the intellectual, academic, social, and emotional growth of children."

Joan Franklin Smutny, Founder and Director
Center for Gifted, National-Louis University
Key features
  • A wealth of reproducibles per chapter
  • Easy-to-understand, brief instructions for effective portfolio use
  • Research-based text in a reader-friendly format

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2


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