Thursday, May 23, 2013

Formative Assessment

Creating classrooms that focus on achievement requires teachers of all levels to use formative assessment. A child does not know if she is learning, improving, or failing to understand the content unless there is feedback. Formative assessment provides that feedback to both the child and the teacher. Used correctly, the teacher will take the formative assessment results and modify instruction to address the needs of the child. Too often though the teacher emphasizes only summative assessment. There is no chance for instructional feedback that will allow the child to make adjustments only final commentary. In this video clip, Rick Wormeli, an amazing teacher from Virginia as well as the writer of the book, Fair Isn't Always Equal, discusses the need for formative assessment.