Apparently I missed this for the legislative preview:
Here’s a link to the Edutopia article on portfolio defense style assessment.
Frankly, I’m not convinced that this is a huge improvement over having classroom teachers assess student papers, projects, exams, and oral presentations or that it adds much value above transcripts and ACT/SAT scores for determining college readiness.* Is it even feasible for every school to arrange panels like these for each student, especially ones with large graduating classes?
*College readiness, of course, is worthy of a blog post of its own. Ivy League ready or state university ready? English Department ready or College of Engineering ready?