Formative Assessment Is Transformational!
I think formative assessment is one of the single most important things that teachers can do -- and already do -- for their students. In fact, great teachers use formative assessment whether or not they know it. Formative assessment may not be new, but it certainly has begun to crystallize into particular elements and components that are currently in the spotlight. When teachers practice great formative assessment, it can be a transformational experience for them as practitioners and, more importantly, for their students. Grading Transformation When teachers check for understanding, they are doing so as a means to ensure that students are successful in the summative assessment. Teaching Transformation Teachers work smarter, not harder, when they use formative assessments. Here, formative assessments must be used in making decisions to "feed forward," or make the right decision in terms of instructional next steps. Student Learning Transformation Classroom of Empowerment
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