Formative Assessment | April 2011
This SCOE Bulletin explores formative assessment and the important role it plays in improving instruction and advancing student learning.
Related Resources | Supporting Staff Discussions
SCOE has compiled several resources to support staff discussions about formative assessment, including an Activity Guide (pdf), Self-Study Survey (pdf), and video clips of teachers using formative assessment.
Video: Student Interviews | Math teachers across the grade levels question students about how to compute area. The clip shows how student understanding varies across the grades and how listening to students can help teachers adapt their instruction for improved learning.
Video: Questioning | This high school teacher ends her lesson by having students write a statement that synthesizes their thinking or poses a new question they have as a result of the lesson. In this example, students share verbally, but a teacher could also collect responses on exit cards.
Video: Verbal Exit Cards | In another variation of the Exit Card strategy, an elementary ELD teacher has each student say a sentence using targeted vocabulary before they leave class.
Video: Whiteboards | A middle school teacher uses whiteboards to check understanding as she moves through a lesson. She reviews key vocabulary when she sees that a substantial number of students are making errors.
- Rick Phelan, Director, Technology for Learners