Frequent informal assessments in the classroom can help teachers determine whether their students are on track to meet learning goals. In the December/January issue of Educational Leadership and this issue of ASCD Express, practitioners offer insight, a wealth of approaches, and practical tips for carrying out formative assessments.
Check out these articles from the December/January EL:
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A Guide for Using Peer Assessment Formatively and Effectively
With the right preparation, getting students to evaluate one another's work positively impacts achievement and ownership of learning, say Mary Hansen and Anita Iaquinta. more
From the Mouths of Students
AP English Literature teacher Kelly Lynn Mulvey lets her students self-assess their work and set their own goals for improvement. As a result, students increase their sense of responsibility, and Mulvey gets added insight into each student's areas of difficulty that she uses to shape her instruction. more
Using Oral Language to Check for Understanding
ASCD authors Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey offer formative assessment strategies that stress the value of student talk in chapter 2 of their new book, Checking for Understanding. more
Probing Student Learning with Exit Cards
Exit cards, which get students to outline key points at the end of a class, give teachers a quick read on student understanding and cues for tailoring the next day's lesson.
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Lessons Learned at the Dentist
Principal Pete Hall learned about more than his teeth through his recent trip to the dentist. more
ASPIRE Assessment System
Use ASCD's ASPIRE Assessment System to assist your formative assessment efforts. Internet technology allows ASPIRE to align curriculum and assessments to state and local standards, gives students immediate feedback on assessments, monitors and reports on individual student progress, and identifies effective instructional interventions.