Graduation Portfolio

Digital Portfolio Graduation Requirements


What are the PHS Performance Graduation Expectations?


All students are required to enter 26 acceptable entries in their portfolio that represent a variety of the PHS Transferable Skills.

What are the PHS Transferable Skills?


The PHS Transferable Skills are a concise listing of four school-wide expectations of what ALL students should know or be able to do upon graduation from Ponaganset High School beyond the skills and knowledge that are embedded into the curriculum.

The PHS Transferable Skills are:

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

  • Citizenship and Collaboration

  • Initiative, Self-Direction and Accountability


How are students assessed in meeting the PHS Transferable Skills?


All students will be assessed through use of rubrics that are aligned to the PHS Transferable Skills. Teachers will generate assignments (known as common tasks) that will be common for a given course, regardless of level or instructor. These assignments will provide learning opportunities so that students may demonstrate proficiency of a given Transferable Skill and will be assessed using the rubric(s).  

How do students satisfy the PHS Transferable Skills?


Students must demonstrate a consistent acceptable level of accomplishment (a 3 or higher on the rubric) on the various Transferable Skills. Through their four-year educational experience, students will collect artifacts of their work that demonstrate they have achieved proficiency in the Transferable Skills and place them in within their own personal digital portfolio. While much of the work entered in the portfolio comes from classroom assessments, students will also have the ability to upload evidence from experiences outside of the classroom.

In essence, the portfolio will be a collection of the student’s best work that will also show growth and development over time. It is important to realize that it may take some students longer than   others, but the Transferable Skills represent high standards for all students.


While all students may not demonstrate proficiency on every attempt. ALL students will have opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in outcomes in all four Transferable Skills. To satisfy the expectations, the student must earn an average rating of 3 or higher on the minimum number of acceptable entries per Transferable Skill.


How will student digital portfolios be maintained and assessed?


Students will receive training within their core academic classes in the development and maintenance of their portfolios, which are housed externally on a web server. All portfolios are accessible via the internet; however, all student work is password protected and can be accessed only by the student and his/her teachers. Students will create artifacts, assess their work, and maintain their portfolios during class time. In this, invaluable technology training for students is embedded in classroom instruction.


Since the portfolio is a graduation requirement, it is obviously a high-stakes proposition. Therefore year-end reviews are conducted to monitor and evaluate reasonable progress toward meeting the PHS Transferable Skills.  The year-end reviews also serve as a preparation toward the Senior Exhibition. These evaluations count for ten percent of the final exam grade.


How may I learn more?


The Help function and the Info page of the digital portfolio are great resources. Students and parents with usernames and passwords can access the digital portfolios at  Additional information is available on Canvas.

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