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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.

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  • Celebrating Student Growth With Formative Data

    A look at how one district is working to meet individual student needs and accelerate learning by using ongoing formative data to measure growth.
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  • Using Drawings for Formative Assessment

    Asking middle and high school students to sketch something they’re learning can give teachers a clear sense of what they do and don’t understand.
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  • 3 Ways to Encourage ‘Coasting’ Students to Reach Their Full Potential

    Students who are doing well—but could be doing much better—benefit from feedback that encourages self-monitoring.
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    7 Smart, Fast Ways to Do Formative Assessment

    Within these methods you’ll find close to 40 tools and tricks for finding out what your students know while they’re still learning.
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    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
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  • 7 Ways to Do Formative Assessments in Your Virtual Classroom

    Finding out what your students are really learning remains indispensable to teaching. Here’s what teachers are doing to check for understanding online. 
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  • How Math Journals Help Students Process Their Learning

    By reflecting on their math work in writing and drawings, students see what they’ve learned and find areas where they need to improve.
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  • Inviting Participation With Thumbs-Up Responses

    A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
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  • 8 Quick Checks for Understanding

    Formative assessment is a proven technique for improving student learning, and the strategies shared here by Jay McTighe work both in the classroom and remotely.
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  • Getting Students on the Road to Self-Advocacy

    With some simple supports, students in grades 3 to 8 can take the wheel and assume some responsibility for their learning journey.
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  • Elementary-aged boy watching a video of his teacher reading a book on a smartphone

    Formative Assessment in Distance Learning

    Schools are closed but schooling goes on, and it remains crucial that teachers find ways to see what students are learning.
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  • Reading the Virtual Classroom Is Hard, but It Can Be Done

    Many teachers find it difficult to gauge how well students understand a lesson in an online classroom. A technique common among award-winning online instructors should help.
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  • 3 Ways to Ask Questions That Engage the Whole Class

    These techniques guide all students to process course content and then actively demonstrate their learning.
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    3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

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