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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.

  • 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.
    Youki Terada
  • A Way to Increase Students’ Independence in Learning

    When feedback originates with students, they can assess their current understanding and see what they need to do to improve.
  • Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
  • 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.
  • Inviting Participation With Thumbs-Up Responses

    A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Laura Thomas
  • 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.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

    A quick formative assessment tool also encourages all students—even shy ones—to participate in discussions.
  • 3 Ways Student Data Can Inform Your Teaching

    Gather and use valuable student data to inform your classroom practice.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Closing The Loop

    A strategy for using a quick, whole-class reflection on content as a verbal exit ticket.
  • Boosting Engagement With Notices and Wonders

    When students make “I notice” and “I wonder” comments on course content, teachers can see what they know—and what they need to learn.
  • 56 Examples of Formative Assessment

    Formative assessment can be as simple as thumbs up or down and as creative as having students illustrate a page of a story.
  • 5 Research-Based Tips for Providing Students with Meaningful Feedback

    Feedback is an essential part of learning, but not all of it is productive. We’ve collected five best practices for giving students feedback.
  • 60-Second Strategy: TAG Feedback

    This quick exercise scaffolds peer critique for elementary students.

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