Student portfolio

A student portfolio is a systematic collection of learner work and related material that depicts a learner's activities, accomplishments and achievements in one or more subjects. Portfolios allow for competence-based assessment by measuring the learner’s growth and development. Learners develop a sense of ownership about their portfolios and understand where they made progress and where improvement is needed. Contents of  a learner's portfolio may vary with the level of the learner and the types of assignments given in class. Some examples are:

  • Learner’s work (assignments, assessments, evaluations, score sheets, sample products, attendance sheets).
  • Reflections, teacher observations, conference records, progress reports, worksheets, artefacts (poems, letter, reading logs and audio /videotape recordings, photos, sketches).

Steps and resources

  1. Decide together on the portfolio content, such as samples of learner's work, reflections, teacher observations and conference records, and agree on timelines.
  2. Develop assessment criteria and procedures to keep track of the learners’ progress.
  3. Plan for formal learner-teacher conferences as well as informal meetings in which progress is reviewed and discussed, and reflection encouraged.


  • Ask your learners to develop their portfolio online (E-portfolio) using Padlet. Padlet is an application where learners can easily create a virtual pin board to hold resources and to showcase their work. Consult this example of an E-portfolio to get a better understanding of what an E-portfolio on Padlet looks like. Also, consult this written tutorial for guidance on how to create an E-portfolio using Padlet. 


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