The Portfolio Process
By Paul Stephens and Ami Cholia
Every year the students at Manhattan International High School produce portfolios of their best work and present it to a panel of teachers in place of the mandatory state Regents exams. For the students, who are all recent immigrants, the portfolio represents how far they’ve come from freshman year, when they spoke little to no English. Manhattan International is a member of a constortium of 60 schools in New York state that use portfolio-based assessment for their students.