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Issues in Portfolio Assessment: The Scorability of Narrative Collections

May 1996

John R. Novak, Joan L. Herman, and Maryl Gearhart

This report provides a model for examining technical questions concerning the validity and reliability of large-scale portfolio assessment scores. One of the key findings was that the holistic scale of the CRESST “Writing What You Read” narrative rubric–a rubric designed to enhance teachers’ understandings of narrative and to inform instruction–could be used reliably and meaningfully in large-scale assessment of narrative collections.

Novak, J. R., Herman, J. L., & Gearhart, M. (1996). Issues in portfolio assessment: The scorability of narrative collections (CSE Report 410). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).