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Formative assessment includes the use of a variety of ways for learners to demonstrate conceptual understanding and skill development. These assessments provide data for ongoing analysis of student learning.

Though this analysis may be teacher-driven, student participation is vital. Engaged students feel a growing sense of efficacy as they monitor their own growth. Self-assessment demonstrates the transition to independent learning.

Authentic, ongoing assessments inform the teacher and student of strengths, weaknesses, and misconceptions. These, in turn, guide future teaching and learning activities aimed at improving student achievement.

See examples below.

Formative Assessment Examples:

Plan quick progress checks that align with the unit standards and objectives, such as:

  • Assignments
  • Checklists
  • Clickers
  • Discussions
  • Electronic voting
  • Four corners
  • Graphic organizers
  • Journals or notebooks
  • Observations
  • Printables
  • Questioning
  • Quick checks (e.g., thumbs-up/thumbsdown, exit cards or slips)
  • Quizzes
  • Reading A–Z assessments
  • Running records
  • Spelling City assessments
  • Think-Pair-Share