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Portfolio Defense

“Portfolio-defense” is a concept that combines two powerful practices: portfolio assessment and defense of learning. It’s a performance assessment that challenges learners to make and support claims about targeted skills by 1) curating samples of their work into a portfolio and 2) defending their claims in some kind of evaluated presentation.

ELP helps schools and districts all over the country to design and implement portfolio-defense systems, customized to their context.

Portfolios are an effective and flexible form of assessment because they can wrap themselves around any kind of evidence, and they enroll the learner in the curation of that evidence. Defenses of learning naturally function as rites of passage, making them powerfully motivating and intensely meaningful for young people.

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