Undue focus on test scores (and grades) can lead to practices that actually inhibit student learning. This is not a new problem, but in the age of high stakes testing, the problem has been exacerbated. (I’m talking about the age of compliance agreements under IASA and the implementation of NCLB,… Read More "Focusing More on Learning and Less on Test Scores"
Formative assessment is a multistep instructional process focused on specific learning targets. Research shows that this process, effectively implemented, can lead to achievement gains, particularly for lower performing students. Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning… Read More "Motivation to learn, another benefit of formative assessment"
One of the most common questions we receive from educators is about the difference between formative and summative assessment. Classroom formative assessment is a multistep instructional process focused on specific learning targets. Classroom summative assessment is a process that leads to the documentation and certification of student performance. Key differences… Read More "What is the difference between formative and summative assessment?"