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No.Inc Debuts Portfolio Assessment System for Special Education

No.Inc, an educational technology software development company, has launched a special education transition portfolio system for high school students in Maryland who are transitioning out of special education.

The Maryland Transitional Digital Portfolio "is a learning tool that outlines a pathway toward the completion of student transition goals," according to information on the company's site. Students can submit written work, media, images and other artifacts for their portfolio. Once they have refined those artifacts in response to feedback from teachers, parents and peers, they can assemble online public portfolios to share with others. According to No.Inc, the digital portfolios can serve as self-advocacy tools for special education students because they have control over the way they present themselves to the world.

No.Inc partnered with Johns Hopkins University's Center for Technology in Education to design and develop the portfolio system, and then tested the system through pilot projects in four Maryland school districts. "After a successful pilot, we're looking forward to rolling The Maryland Transition Digital Portfolio out statewide," said Andrew Spangler, creative director of No.Inc., in a news release.

No.Inc's portfolio-based assessment system is accessible through desktop and mobile device interfaces. Based on the success of the pilot projects, other organizations in Maryland are considering the system to support general education and professional development initiatives in the state.

Further information about the company's Special Education Transition Portfolio can be found on No.Inc's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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