Sonoma County Office of Education

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction. It is different from other kinds of assessment because it doesn’t occur at the end of the learning process. Instead, it is integrated into instruction and takes place as ideas and concepts are developing within a lesson or unit. As such, it provides important feedback for both teachers and students.

Tools for Teachers
Tools for Teachers, a brand new web site for instructional resources and professional development, is on its way! Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is working with hundreds of educators to build an online collection of resources. Resources will support K-12 teachers in developing and using formative assessment processes in their practice.