Thurgood Marshall Academy students develop interpersonal, public speaking, and academic skills through the Portfolio Assessment Program—a system of self-assessment, goal-setting, and accountability. Building a portfolio is a year-long process that reinforces the study habits that lead to academic excellence. The program requires all Thurgood Marshall Academy students to set personal goals for academic and civic achievement and to hold themselves responsible for living up to high expectations. Each student compiles a record of his or her academic work, behavioral performance, and community service and prepares special academic projects for inclusion in their portfolios. Under teacher supervision, students use established rubrics to measure, analyze, and reflect upon their performance throughout the school year.
Each year students prepare a formal presentation of this portfolio of materials before a panel of faculty, staff, administrators and parents. Portfolio presentations require that students account for their performance in the classroom and as citizens of the Thurgood Marshall Academy community by providing details about academic progress and examining personal growth through goal setting.
An exercise in public speaking, portfolio presentations demonstrate students’ rhetorical fluency and the ability to think on their feet, helping to fulfill the school’s goal to equip students with the skills they need to advocate for themselves and their communities. As students advance through their careers at Thurgood Marshall Academy, portfolio becomes a chart of each student’s intellectual growth, self-discipline, and character development. Academic projects become increasingly complex as students’ skills grow more sophisticated and their interests more varied. Alumni consistently cite the study habits, sense of accountability, and ability to self-start and work consistently on long-term projects learned in portfolio as among the most valuable of the school’s programs. Students receive .25 credits for each portfolio presentation completed with a passing grade.
Goals of the Thurgood Marshall Academy Portfolio Program
Students will be able to:
1. Prepare and give a presentation summarizing academic work over the school year and the progress made toward their goals.
2. Respond to higher order questions regarding the academic content of project work, and describe the process used to complete, revise, and improve project work.
3. When questioned, defend, compare, and contrast academic work from the current school year and previous years.
4. Reflect and evaluate – both written and orally – academic performance and behavioral strengths and weaknesses from the school year.
5. Describe and analyze role(s) as an active citizen in the Thurgood Marshall Academy and larger community.
Components by Grade
For more information, please contact Ms. Naomi Gamoran at (202) 563-6862.