Of greatest importance.. is that we acknowledge the key role of the learner in the assessment- learning connection. Dr. Richard Stiggins, Five Myths and Their Consequences 1
"When teachers substituted comments for grades, students engaged more productively in improving their work." Black et al. 2003 2
"We have almost completely neglected classroom assessment in our obsession with standardized testing. Dr. Richard Stiggins, Five Myths and Their Consequences 3
"Comments directed to the quality of the work--what was done well and what needs improving- increase student interest in the task and level of achievement." Butler, 1998 4
"Effective learners operate best when they have insight into their own strengths and weaknesses and access to their own repertories of strategies for learning." Brown 1994 5
In reality it is through classroom assessment that attitudes, skills, knowledge and thinking are fostered, nurtured and accelerated or stifled. Haynes, 1991 6
"The giving of marks and the grading function are overemphasized, while the giving of useful advice and learning function are underemphasized." Black and Wiliam, 1998 7
Over time, students move forward in their learning when they can use personal knowledge to construct meaning, have skills of self- monitoring to realize that they dont understand something, and have ways of deciding what to do next. Earl, Lorna. (2003). Assessment As Learning: Using classroom assessment to maximize student learning 8
What Are The Key Words? 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.
If Formative Assessment was a thing, what would it look like? Decide on a metaphor. Draw it.
What is Our Goal? To provide evidence that will guide and inform daily instruction To actively involve all students in the teaching/learning process To narrow the achievement gap between low and high achievers