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Director, HealthLitNow

I believe Formative

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I believe Formative Assessment tied to Common Core can be much more powerful than it is often credited. A number of researchers have underscored the importance of formative assessment as a distinction between assessment for learning, where design and use centers on promoting student learning, and assessment of learning, where the design and use serve the purposes of accountability, such as ranking and certification.
But, it is the assessment OF learning that can take on the important aspect of being Dynamic. Our group has been promoting the use of handheld whiteboards for this reason. Their use becomes what we refer to as "Dynamic Formative Assessment" where the feedback is used to immediately impact learning, not accountability. The other factor is how well the teacher can use the information and make decisions and modifications to the immediate instruction as well as longer term planning.

As Mike says...make it FUN! Besides providing Dynamic Formative Assessment, handheld whiteboards are fun and can be linked to digital materials through QR codes. Please contact me also if you would like to learn more.

Executive Director of Lectica, Inc.

We need to question our

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We need to question our assumptions about testing. If we developed enough little formative assessments in every subject area and calibrated them to the same learning scale, we would not need summative assessments. The portfolio of assessment results would be the summary. And these little assessments could be calibrated to more than a common scale—every score would point to what a given student is likely to benefit from learning next, so everyone could be learning in his or her "Goldilocks Zone". We'd recruit the natural learning cycle, and leverage student's natural love of learning. The methods and technology are already here!

In fact, the Common Core

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In fact, the Common Core assessments are not ready for prime time. See the evidenced on why an indefinite moratorium on Common Core testing is needed at:
http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

Former Edutopia Senior Manager of Research

Absolutely agree with you

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Absolutely agree with you that formative assessment is at the heart of teaching. My favorite examples of ways to understand what students understand to support their learning throughout the process (as opposed to only at the end) are these 13 practical examples from Grant Wiggins, and http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/on-feedback-13-practical-ex..., and this treasure trove of examples, http://www.edutopia.org/groups/assessment/250941, from Edutopia Community contributor David Wees.

This is great for Summative

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This is great for Summative assessments, but what about getting students ready to take these tests, in the form of Formative assessments tied to the common core. Multiple small assessments during the day, every day help to drive better communication with the students, they are responsible for their own mastery, and they are used to taking assessments.. these summative tests will be a walk in the park.

Heck, if you can make it FUN at the same time, think about the impact that will make. Contact me if you want to learn more. :)

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