How to evaluate a school project

Written by sheila lamb
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In evaluating student projects, rubrics and portfolios are effective tools, as well as student peer and self evaluations. A rubric provides students with a tangible framework so they know what is required and gives the teacher a straightforward method of evaluation. Portfolios are a collection of student work that lend themselves to content areas where a teacher looks for progress over time. Portfolios may be a physical folder or a digital e-portfolio. Take student feedback into account and encourage students to complete self and peer evaluations. A combination of project evaluation methods can be used successfully in all grade levels.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Project rubric
  • Portfolio rubric
  • Student evaluations
  • Final assessment

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Instructions

    Project Rubric

  1. 1

    State the project objective. Describe the purpose of the project, such as the school science fair.

  2. 2

    Explain required content. Be specific. For example, a history project may require that the student includes three reasons why the English colonised Jamestown. A science fair project must include all five steps of the scientific method.

  3. 3

    Include state standards for the subject area.

  4. 4

    Review the rubric with the class.

    Portfolio Rubric

  1. 1

    Decide whether a portfolio is suitable for the subject area and long-term class goals.

  2. 2

    Determine whether the portfolio will be a physical folder or a digital e-portfolio.

  3. 3

    Create portfolio rubric. Include objectives of the long-term portfolio.

  4. 4

    Review portfolio expectations with the class.

    Presentation Format

  1. 1

    Decide on the format of the final presentation for either the single project or portfolio. It could be a PowerPoint presentation, visual poster, skit or speech.

  2. 2

    Demonstrate the presentation format for the final project. Show a sample project from a previous class or create an example for the class.

  3. 3

    Encourage creativity and student individuality in a final presentation. For speeches or skits, students can record their presentations as part of a digital portfolio.

    Student Evaluations

  1. 1

    Create forms for self evaluations and team peer evaluations. Students will fill these out individually.

  2. 2

    Ask how student responsibilities were allocated and how each team member contributed if they were part of a group project.

  3. 3

    Ask students for both individual and group projects what areas they found most challenging and to give themselves a grade.

    Final Assessment

  1. 1

    Use the project or portfolio rubric as a checklist.

  2. 2

    Use peer and self evaluations as part of the final grade.

  3. 3

    Assign points to each section to determine a final grade.

Tips and warnings

  • Send a copy of the project rubric or portfolio plan home to parents. Require a parent signature.
  • Offer a series of deadlines to help students stay on track, such as separate due dates for research notes, rough drafts or rehearsals, and final presentations.
  • Contact the library media specialist to arrange library research times or a special lesson in bibliography formats and citations.

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