Module 2: Formative Assessments

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Warm Up

Please spend a minute and complete the following Warm Up Activity. Please review the feedback after you have submitted and reviewed your responses. Warm Up Activity

If you find that you struggled answering these questions, you may want to return to Module 1 to brush up on the differences between formative and summative assessments. Module 1


  • Given a specific topic, learners understand how formative assessment can be used to aid in improving student understand.


Let's quickly recap what formative assessments are based off of Module 1. They are assessments that are used during instruction to help monitor student understanding. They also help give feedback to students for their own learning development. Formative assessments can occur more frequently, versus summative assessments, throughout stages of learning. Please read the following article on the Five Key Strategies for Effective Formative Assessment by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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Assessments can take many different forms within education. The following graphic shows just a few common examples of both Formative and Summative Assessment.

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Lesson Development

Formative Assessment gives educators the ability to gauge the effectiveness of their own teaching. Educators can use the data from formative assessments to help solidify their own teaching for understanding. If the assessment identifies areas of needs, an educator can use this knowledge to improve lesson plans down the road. You may even find that the students barely understood what you taught for a specific topic at all, causing you to completely revisit that lesson from a different angle!

Please read pages 17 and 18 of the following resource! Formative Assessment and Lesson Development. If you would like more information, feel free to look further into the tips and examples this resource can offer.

Student Feedback

A huge piece of formative assessment is that students can learn from their mistakes before a high stakes test comes along. Students are given the opportunity to see their mistakes and sense formative assessment occurs during instruction, they then have time to learn from their errors. It is crucially important that the educator provides the right feedback so that the students may get the chance to correct their errors. Watch the following video on feedback!

See the RISE Model for Meaningful Feedback below to reference a great hierarchy of providing feedback.

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On your own, reflect about the following questions using the Discussion link at the top of the page:

  • How does formative assessment help educators?
  • How does formative assessment help students?
  • How do you see yourself using formative assessment in your classroom?

Next Lesson

Module 3: Entrance and Exit Tickets: Take a deeper look at two common types of formative assessments in the next lesson!

Extra Resources

Watch this great video for some extra strategies on formative assessments in math classrooms! Formative Assessment in Math

Here are a list of some great, creative ideas for different types of formative assessments. 15 Types of Formative Assessments

For more information about providing good feedback to your students, follow this link: RISE Model for Meaningful Feedback