Thursday, July 27, 2006

B.C. Grad Portfolios Scrapped

This is pretty big news here in BC. One one hand, it's frustrating to think of all of the wasted time and money that went into this portfolio initiative, but on the other, it's a fascinating case study in the difficulty of implementing these programs on a large scale. It makes me wonder if this will be the first of many similar portfolio implementations that quietly go away now that the e-portfolio buzz has cooled. A quote:
"The program was designed to showcase students' efforts in arts, sports, employment skills and health — to help them get jobs and enter post-secondary education.

But Bond told CBC Radio that parents, teachers and students have been complaining about the time it takes to put the portfolio together."
Well...ummm...yeah, these things do take time to put together properly. Perhaps that's why they should have allocated some time and guidance through Grade 11 and 12 to help kids do them right. The writing was on the wall two years ago and in Helen Barrett's more recent take on the same issue.

2 comments:

Dave said...

No surprise on this one - if ever something was not thought out, it was this initiative.

"It makes me wonder if this will be the first of many similar portfolio implementations that quietly go away now that the e-portfolio buzz has cooled."

I am sure more will go the way of the BC program but I am noticing a changing tide around ePortfolios, basically, a lot of people did jump on the bandwagon - those folk are getting fed up and moving on and you can sense discussions getting back to what they should have been 2 or 3 years ago.

Jeremy said...

Agreed, Dave -- great point. There's no question there's still huge value in the concept if it's done right.