BIOLOGY FINAL EXAMINATION- PORTFOLIO
Susan Holt - Williamsville East High School
151 Paradise Road, East Amherst, NY 14051
Many people continue to learn about biology after they have completed
a high school biology course. They learn because they are seeking
information on a topic of special interest to them. As part of
this course, you will learn not only biology content but also
you will learn how to learn.
You will be asked to create a portfolio--a collection of evidence
of your knowledge and skills. Your portfolio should demonstrate
that you have developed concept understandings and skills that
will enable you to be an independent learner of biology.
Your portfolio is made by selecting samples of your work from
the list of possible portfolio entries described on the following
pages. You should think carefully about this list and to choose
portfolio entries that reflect your interests and/or talents.
For each portfolio entry that you select, you must complete a
self-reflection form. A copy of this self-reflection form is
The entries in your portfolio must be selected so that they provide
evidences of your abilities for:
- Acquiring and processing information through independent learning
- Communicating in written, oral, and graphic form
- Improving work through peer and self-evaluation
- Working collaboratively
- Using the inquiry process to plan and carry out an extended
- Using decision-making/problem solving skills to seek a solution
to a personal or societal issue
- Applying biology content knowledge to real-world situations
You are expected to add samples of your work to a working portfolio
throughout the year so that you have a diversity of potential
portfolio entries to select from. At the end of each marking
period you will be asked to select and revise two samples of your
work for a marking period portfolio. The marking period
portfolio will be counted as one test grade.
At the end of the school year, you will prepare a final examination
portfolio that will be worth 10 credits on your final examination.
This final portfolio should include 5 samples of your best work
selected from your working portfolio and revised based on peer
and self evaluation.
Portfolio entries in bold type are ones that may be accomplished
by doing regular classroom assignments during the school year.
You do not need to complete a portfolio contract for these.
The portfolio entries that are not in bold type are ones that
you may choose to do as independent projects. You will need to
submit a contract for any independent project to ensure that it
will be appropriate for your portfolio. A sample copy of the
contract form is attached.
Your final examination portfolio is due on _____________. On that
date, you will be asked to present your portfolio to your classmates.