George Lucas Educational Foundation

Formative Assessment

Find and share ideas for checking in with students during a project, class, or semester to assess their learning and see if content or instruction needs adjusting.

  • Student Voice

    60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Ramping Up Student Performance

    Techniques for introducing new material and feedback to students throughout a lesson—a way to spark deeper insights and learning.
  • Assessment

    Using Art in Assessments

    An assessment called a one-pager has students use art to show what they know—and it can be used across the curriculum.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Inviting Participation With Thumbs-Up Responses

    A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
  • Formative Assessment

    60-Second Strategy: TAG Feedback

    This quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for elementary students.
  • Formative Assessment

    Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

    Checking for understanding is good for both students and teachers. We’ve rounded up a variety of digital tools to help you do it.
  • Formative Assessment

    60-Second Strategy: Closing The Loop

    A strategy for using a quick, whole-class reflection on content as a verbal exit ticket.
  • Assessment

    3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
  • Back to School

    Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

    Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
  • The Research Is In

    5 Tips for Designing Multiple-Choice Quizzes

    A researcher explains how to align your test design with the latest brain science.
  • Formative Assessment

    6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life

    Nonverbals are gestural cues that can help students quickly and respectfully communicate their reactions, needs, and levels of understanding in a fast-paced classroom.
  • Literacy

    Questioning That Deepens Comprehension

    Scaffold students’ thinking about complex texts by asking what the text says, how it works, what it means, and what it inspires them to do.
  • Formative Assessment

    Hit the Mark With Digital Media Exit Cards

    Exit cards can be easy—and sometimes even fun—for students to create with a variety of digital tools.
  • Formative Assessment

    5 Classroom Tools to Measure Student Learning

    Formative assessment is a snap with games and other tools that let you see how students answer questions and review material.
  • Assessment

    How Should We Measure Student Learning? 5 Keys to Comprehensive Assessment

    Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond shares how using well-crafted formative and performance assessments, setting meaningful goals, and giving students ownership over the process can powerfully affect teaching and learning.