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Formative Assessment Resources for Parents

What is Formative Assessment? 

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Formative assessment or formative practices are strategies used to gauge student understanding on a learning target or topic of study and are designed to quickly provide specific and immediate feedback to students during the learning process. 

Formative Assessment Video

In the video, formative practices are used to adjust instruction and promote ongoing reflection for BOTH students and teachers. This deliberate process occurs in the teaching and learning cycle to transform student learning and improve outcomes with these four critical steps:

  • Gain a deep understanding of learning goals
  • Envision proficiency in each standard
  • Designed by teachers
  • Feedback is used to adjust instruction

Formative Assessment Practices for Distance Learning 

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The Office of Student Assessment is committed to supporting families and students during this unique time of social distancing, school closures, and distance learning. We believe families can support at-home learning in a variety of ways including formative assessment-related activities. 

The following resources contain simple strategies that students and parents can engage in during at-home learning to check for student understanding of a learning target or topic of study. Although some strategies are specific to classroom settings, several can be used during at-home learning.

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