Formative Assessment:Where Students Are the Center of Attention
What is formative assessment?• Formative assessment is the continuous systematic process of gather evidence that students are or are not learning the skills and knowledge necessary from the lessons that are being provided.
Benchmarks and summative assessments are used to gather informationfrom a moment in time unlike formative assessment.
Formative AssessmentObserving students put into practice what they have learned.
Feedback projects Think pair share peer/self assessment Exit/admit slip learning/response log What Formative Assessment looks like
Learning Targets and Criteria for Success Learning targets are what we want students to learn. The learning goal should be separated from the instruction. Learning targets are stated in student friendly terms.Success criteria should improve the students learning. The students shouldbe empowered to learn independently. Students are in charge of theirlearning.
Learning targets will help studentsanswer questions that will let themknow they are learning.
Learning TargetsI can fill in the plot for thestory “Eleven”.I can identify thelandforms on the map ofcoast of North Carolina.
Collecting and documenting evidence is the way tobe certain students are learning.
Collecting and Documenting Evidence helps theteacher stay on top of student learning and knowing ifthere is incorrect information or misinformation andthen correcting it.Teachers who do the constant checking , observing, reviewing ,questioning, and keeping evidence of what students learn or don’t learnwill see greater student growth.
With the formative assessment, the teacher mustanalyze the evidence collected then offer descriptive feedback to help the student’s learning.• You stated the plot and I see you have done a well-defined description of the plot. You need to reread the story to find the climax and state it again on your plot chart.• Descriptive feedback must be clear and concise so the student knows what needs to be done to correct the learning.
How will the teacher effectively examine student learning? - Effectively examine student work; - Understand the differences between evaluative and descriptive feedback; - Enhance student learning through descriptive feedback; - Plan instructional modifications to address learning gaps or enrich instruction.
Students need to understand where their learning is going so they will ask questions: Where am I going? Where am I now? How can I close the gap? How will I know I’m getting there? How can I keep it going?
Formative assessment is a practice for students to get it write. It improvesstudent learning because they get daily feedback that allows them to adjustthe learning and show growth. Formative assessment gives a teacher the“chance to reflect on students strengths and weaknesses with respect tospecific learning goals and success criteria…” Formative assessments centerthe learning around the student.
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