Formative Assessment - Powerful Teaching and Learning

A formative assessment is a tool to provide feedback to students. It is also used to help teachers check for understanding to guide future learning. Formative assessments can be digital or not. The traditional view of formative assessments is that they are not graded, but I would argue that a graded quiz can be a formative assessment if it is used to provide feedback and drive future instruction. 

The best formative assessments help teachers and students understand where they are in the learning process. You don't know what you don't know. 

Why is formative assessment important for teachers and students? Please comment below with your thoughts and ideas. 

Formative assessments should also be easy for teachers and students to create and manage. We've put together a list of some of our favorite digital formative assessment tools.

Some of our non-digital formative assessment tools:
  • Give 1 - Get 1
  • Whiteboarding
  • Note Card/ Post-Its Exit Slips
  • Fist to Five
  • Four Corners
  • 3 - 2 - 1
More assessment tools:

How do you use formative assessments in your classroom? What are your favorite resources connected to formative assessment?

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