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Formative Assessment and Technology

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Gina Oldendorf

on 31 October 2013

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Transcript of Formative Assessment and Technology

Formative Assessment in a New Generation
Formative Assessment is
the ongoing assessment based
on stated goals and giving the learner continuous feedback.
Teachers tend to focus all assessment
on the end of a unit. Assessment needs to
be done throughout the unit so that student
learning can be corrected and retaught if
How To Make Your Students Think in Your Classroom
Pre-Assessment Strategies
KWL charts
Graphic Organizer
Student Discussions
Student Demonstrations
Student Products
Show of Hands
Teacher Observation
Writing Prompts
Formative Assessment is not about accountability, it is about Getting Better.
Formative Assessment Strategies:
Cooperative Learning Activities
Exit Cards
Graphic Organizers
"I learned" statements
Journal Entries
Learning Logs
Oral Presentations
Peer Evaluations
Problem Solving
Response Groups
Test Less and Access More
Formative Assessments
are the individual pieces
of the big picture of
student learning

Methods of "Grading":
Roll Sheet
Answer a Question
Quick Quiz
Homework Exit Slip
Minute Paper
One Sentence Summary
Feedback for Students
Students need much more than a numeric score or a letter grade from an assessment. They need information that allows them to further ask and answer the following types of questions?
What concepts did I perform well or poorly on?
For the concepts on which I performed well, did I really know and understand that concept?
For the concepts on which I performed poorly, what kind of mistakes did I make?
How can I avoid making similar mistakes in the future?
How can I better prepare myself to learn this or similar material?
Feedback for Teachers
Feedback for students is obviously important. But equally important is feedback for teachers. The results of an assessment should provide information that allows a teacher to ask and answer the following types of questions:
What concepts did my students perform well or poorly on?
Were my test questions reliable and valid? (I will write more about reliability and validity in a future post.)
What can I do differently to better teach or re-teach these concepts to the entire class or to specific students?
How can I use this information to make myself a better teacher and assessor of student knowledge?
The identification by teachers & learners of learning goals, intentions or outcomes and criteria for achieving these.
Rich conversations between teachers & students that continually build and go deeper.
The provision of effective, timely feedback to enable students to advance their learning.
The active involvement of students in their own learning.
Teachers responding to identified learning needs and strengths by modifying their teaching approach(es).
Black & Wiliam, 1998
Our Students need to learn
from us
we need to learn what they need from us.
Goals of Formative Assessment:
Assessment for Learning
Providing Feedback
Checking for Understanding
Where Does NGSS and Common Core Fit Into The Picture
NGSS is centered around fewer central or big concepts or processes and giving students a better understanding of these interrelated concepts and processes.
Teach New Skill or Concept
Quick Check
"Exit Slip"
Re-Teach or Adjust Lesson Plans
Individual or Small Group Tutoring
Quiz Again
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