What is formative assessment?


From ASCD
Transformative Assessment
by W. James Popham
Source: http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108018/chapters/Formative-Assessment@-Why,-What,-and-Whether.aspx


Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes.


Key Features:
  • Formative assessment is a process, not any particular test.
  • It is used not just by teachers but by both teachers and students.
  • Formative assessment takes place during instruction.
  • It provides assessment-based feedback to teachers and students.
  • The function of this feedback is to help teachers and students make adjustments that will improve students' achievement of intended curricular aims.





Where can I find examples or resources?

The Dept of Ed/Est Virginia has some examples

Observations
Questioning
Discussion
Exit/Admit Slips
Learning/Response Logs
Graphic Organizers
Peer/Self Assessments
Practice Presentations
Visual Representations
Kinesthetic Assessments
Individual Whiteboards
Laundry Day
Four Corners
Constructive Quizzes
Think Pair Share
Appointment Clock
As I See It


ARTICLES

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/what-are-formative-assessments-and-why-should-we-use-them