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The Formative Process Explained

Engaging in the Formative Assessment Process

Our goal is to provide access to a variety of resources to help educators, teams, schools, and districts implement a high quality formative assessment process.

Cycle of Formative Assessment. 1. Plan Learning. 2. Formative Practices. 3. Interpret Evidence 4. Provid feedback 5. Adjust Learning goals. Repeat process

* Indicates the “start” of the formative assessment process

  1. Plan learning targets --> 
  2. Use teacher designed                  formative practices -->     3. Interpret evidence -->     
  4. Provide formative      
       feedback to student -->
  5. Adjust current learning  
       goals -->

*Continue the process

Please Note:
The Wisconsin Department of Instruction tries to use the term “formative assessment process” -- the overall cycle shown above -- and “formative practices” -- the teacher strategies that drive this process in lieu of “formative assessments.” This is because the strategic use of formative practices to elicit feedback from students is not a test event, but rather an instructional process.

Student and Teacher Roles within the Formative Assessment Process

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The Formative Assessment Process resource highlights the role students and teachers play in every step of the formative assessment process.

 10 Key Questions about the Formative Assessment Process  

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Answer the essential questions surrounding implementation of and use of effective formative practices in a strategic assessment system.

Digging Deeper into the Formative Assessment Process

These resources will help you dig deeper into understanding and using formative practices within your classroom, school, or district.  Check out these videos to see the formative assessment process in action. 

For questions about this information, contact Lauren Zellmer (608) 266-8499