What is formative assessment?

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

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