Competency-Based Learning Strategy:

Create Portfolios with Learners

NOTE: This strategy is part of the self-paced Design Performance-Based Assessments

Portfolios are student-curated collections of work that include a self-reflection on progress over time and why that piece was selected to include in the portfolio. Portfolios can take a digital form in websites or a school’s LMS or can be collected in folders or binders. Building a portfolio fosters student self-reflection skills and provides them a space to show growth over time. Families can also use portfolios to see their child’s favorite pieces of work. 

Bright Spots

Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with their learners.

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High School Student Portfolio

A high school student portfolio from The W.I.D.E. School in Houston, TX showcases both student evidence and reflection for each element of the Graduate Profile

Learner Profile Alignment

Students in Logan County, KY create portfolios aligned to their Learner Profile using Google Slides. Each student curates artifacts and reflections about how they brought the profile outcomes to life.


Inspired? Use the resources below to bring this learner-centered strategy to your learning community.

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Associated Learner-Centered Competencies:

Embed Reflection:
I embed reflection opportunities throughout the learning experience to support the learning process.

Support learners telling their learning story:
I facilitate the development of a Learner Portfolio: a curated collection of performance assessments from multiple subjects aligned to the Learner Profile, which shows evidence of growth and proficiency in those skills.