Understanding and Implementing Formative Assessments


Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 1.25.44 PMIn this informative webinar for the edWeb.net Assessment for Learning community, Dr. Eileen Depka, Director of Continuous Improvement and Assessment for New Berlin Schools in Wisconsin, presented a 5-step process that captures the purpose of the assessment cycle and provided concrete examples.  Step one is to clarify the target.  What do we want students to know, understand, and be able to do? In step two, we will determine the format and purpose of the assessment.  How will we know what students have learned, understood and are able to do? After creating and implementing the appropriate assessment, in step three we gather data and compare it to the target.  Step four: we closely examine students’ strengths and challenges, and then evaluate them. In step five, perhaps the most important step, we work to close the gap between expectation and performance by employing different instructional approaches and materials, based on what we have learned about our students.  Dr. Depka delivered an understanding of the process, how to implement it, and a variety of ideas for both formal and informal ways to assess students.  Samantha Bunting, Vice President of Digital Content at Triumph Learning, also demonstrate how Triumph’s new digital solution, Waggle, can be used by teachers to support the formative assessment process.

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Assessment for Learning is a professional learning community (PLC) that provides ideas and resources for teachers to help them with instruction and real-time, formative assessment. The best practices, which are researched-based and relatively easy to introduce into the classroom, can have a tremendous impact on student achievement.  This program is sponsored by Triumph Learning.

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