Portfolio Assessment as a means of evaluating the professional development of school managers

Portfolio Assessment as a means of evaluating the professional development of school managers

The main reasons cited for the poor matric results and declining culture of teaching and learning in many South African schools are poorly qualified principals and their lack of leadership. Principals and other school managers, who wish to improve their qualifications and consequently improve their practice, may register for a two-year course in Advance Certificate in Education for Principalship (ACE) at specific institutions of higher learning. In order to progress from the first year of study to the second year, students are assessed on a number of assignments and problem-solving activities completed in each of the coursework modules. Students are also assessed on a project plan developed in collaboration with all role-players in their schools.

In the second year, the student is assessed on a number of assignments and problem-solving activities in the different modules and also on a portfolio. The portfolio is the collection of evidence that the student will compile in order to make claims of competence in the implementation of the project undertaken. The lecturers assess the completed portfolios and external site-based evaluators are appointed to verify the evidence provided by the students.

This paper will focus on portfolio assessments (which include the project plan and commentary) as a means of evaluating school managers studying for a course in Principalship.

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