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

for Students who do not have IEPs


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

Please contact Jennifer Dounay at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with questions or comments about this database.



Allow for portfolios/performance-based assessment for students who do not have IEPs
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas No
California No
Colorado No
Connecticut No
Delaware No
District of Columbia No
Florida No
Georgia No
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois No
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.
Iowa No
Kansas No
Kentucky Yes. The grade 12 writing assessment is conducted through the development of a four-piece writing portfolio.
Louisiana No
Maine No
Maryland No
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota No
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico No
New York No
North Carolina No
North Dakota No
Ohio No
Oklahoma No
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
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."
South Carolina No
South Dakota No
Tennessee No
Texas No
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia No
Washington No
West Virginia No
Wisconsin No
Wyoming No
Puerto Rico No

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