Sussex Academy's instructional focus is wrapped around literacy, research, and reflection. It has used student portfolios as an importat tool to assess academic growth. The portfolio is a collection of work that shows what the student has been working on, learning to do, and thinking about each of the three years at Sussex Academy.
Each student portfolio is both a showcase of the student’s best work and an illustration of his/her academic growth over time. Each portfolio is unique to the individual student through his/her choices about artifacts and reflections. Yet each portfolio shows some commonalities across grade, team, and department, as teachers require certain artifacts and reflections. Ultimately, the intent of the portfolio is to document the mastery of the Delaware Content Standards and to chronicle student progress throughout the year.
Throughout the year, each team creates and updates their portfolio checklist. The checklist includes the following: cover letter, resume, goals, goals update, grade reports, and content sections with reflections.
Since portfolios chronicle growth over time, the expectations for students’ portfolio presentations change throughout their three years at Sussex Academy. Parents and teachers use rubrics to evaulate the degree to which students have met expectations.