Merriam-Webster defines the portfolio as "a selection of a student's work . . . compiled over a period of time and used for assessing performance or progress."
Here are some "sequential" ideas on portfolio creation. Sometimes a bit of a specific walk-through is best. If your portfolios have been working for years, great! If not, some "nuts-and-bolts" ideas are listed below:
I have tried to avoid quantifying portfolio expectations. I'm a big believer in a student progressing as is appropriate for them. However, I've had to "not-pass" a rare few students--due to either an inadequate portfolio or an egregious lack of educational progress. Please note that I'm not talking about "curriculum" progress or "formal" schooling; I'm referring to a lack of learning in general. If you're stuck, here are some ideas about how to document progress.
Below I've listed my minimal expectations, the items that send up alarms in their absence. Every child is different, and I'm concerned with your child's appropriate progress--not their location on some official scale.
What I look for in the early years:
Around 5-9 years old; K-2nd Grade
What I look for in the elementary years:
Around 9-12 years old; 3rd-5th Grade
What I look for in the middle school years:
Around 12-14 years old; 6th-8th Grade
What I look for in high school:
Around 14-18 years old; 9th-12th Grade
High school students may not study all of the core subjects each year. They do, however, need to have a high school plan and be completing a reasonable amount of course work.
The above goals aren't necessarily indicative of a good education,
but they give you an idea of a starting point : )