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Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am conducting a research project on portfolios. While participation is voluntary, the information you provide is of great importance in assessing the role portfolios play in student assessment. Your opinions are of vital importance and will be completely confidential. Please complete the survey and return it at Parent/Teacher conferences or with your child.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.


Caroline B. Winchester Science Teacher

Current Average in Science (in %) =

Portfolio Survey


Please respond carefully to the following questions by circling the appropriate response or checking the appropriate box. There are no right or wrong answers. Only one response per question please.

Key to Responses (questions 1-8):
  • 1-More often
  • 2-No change
  • 3-Less frequently

Since my student has been bringing home portfolios at the end of every quarter, I have noticed that my student......

  1. .....shares problems he/she is having with school assignments? 1 2 3
  2. .....shares successes in school? 1 2 3
  3. .....shares low grades? 1 2 3
  4. .....shares high grades? 1 2 3
  5. .....shares level of understanding? 1 2 3
  6. .....shares events that happened in class? 1 2 3
  7. .....shares test days or when projects are due? 1 2 3
  8. .....shares when he/she has homework? 1 2 3

Did the portfolios help you understand your student's progress in science?

  • _____ A Lot
  • _____ A Little Bit
  • _____ No Difference
  • _____ Not At All

Which part of the portfolio did you like the best?

  1. Journal Items
  2. Labs
  3. Tests/Quizzes
  4. Worksheets

What other items would you like your student to share in the portfolio?

What changes would you like made in the portfolio?

How did you feel about the number of items in the portfolio?

  • _____Too many
  • _____Right Amount
  • _____Not enough

Would you like to see portfolios again at the next teacher conference?

  • _____Yes
  • _____Yes, but with the following changes_______________________________
  • _____No

Analysis of 1996 Survey Data
Survey Comments February 1996
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