"...In today’s digital age, it is particularly important to have agency over — and curate—one’s own identity and work for display. In connection with the broader maker movement, known to be a generous community excited to share work and wisdom, portfolios are also an opportunity for students to curate their work, evolve their identities, and find a voice within their social communities. Having an online presence is an opportunity to build an aesthetic, contribute work to share with the greater world, access a genuine audience, even build a brand. These perspectives allow youth to step beyond the classroom — into their communities and the greater world — and see that their work is important outside a grade or a teacher’s judgment. Portfolios also help bridge the gap between formal and informal learning, allowing for the collection and curation of learning across multiple settings and along a continuum of growth.
Most significantly, portfolios serve as a crucial tool among all formative assessment methods. They can provide a richness that captures depth of learning, voice, and skills that a flattened test score simply cannot show. They are a promising alternative to the limitations of today’s standardized testing. And new technologies present particularly exciting opportunities to rethink and reshape this landscape...."