Spotlight on Formative Assessment

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Formative Assessment


The Education Week Spotlight on Formative Assessment is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Improving on-the-spot assessments and instructional decisions in the classroom
  • Creating opportunities for students to self-assess
  • Using students' formative data to create a dynamic learning environment
  • How students can show evidence of learning

You get the seven articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Ask five teachers what formative assessment is and you're likely to get five different definitions.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week

In the Grand Canyon State, teachers are getting a leg up in their efforts to improve the on-the-spot assessments and instructional decisions they make in the classroom.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week

In a growing number of schools, student self-assessments are just another part of the learning process.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week

Teacher Kimberly Long shares how educators can use students' formative and summative data to make powerful changes in the classroom for a dynamic learning environment.
February 10, 2016 – Teacher


NWEA, which makes the MAP tests, commissioned a poll that found educators, parents, and students value classroom testing and formative tests because they help improve teaching and learning.
May 5, 2016 - Curriculum Matters

New federal law creates opportunities for states to integrate new forms of assessment into state systems and measure a broader range of student competencies.
March 31, 2016 - Learning Deeply

So How Do You Know They Got It? Showing Evidence of Learning
We are in an age of education where proof is required to show true success. Teachers often hear the question: "how do you know your students understand?" As a middle school science teacher of ten years, it would be easy for me to say, "Well, I just do. I'm a good teacher, and I know my kids." This is not enough. We have to show evidence.
January 7, 2016 - Prove It: Math and Education Policy

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