Analyzing formative assessment results

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  1. Collect data using a Kahoot formative assessment
  2. Analyze formative assessment data and modify instruction

Student Outcomes

While the design and implementation of formative assessment are important, considerably more important is how a teacher responds to the data collected. Read the following passage from ASCD about modifying instruction:

Teachers' instructional adjustments. Formative assessment's raison d'être is to improve students' learning. One of the most obvious ways to do this is for teachers to improve how they're teaching. Accordingly, one component of the formative assessment process is for teachers to adjust their ongoing instructional activities. Relying on assessment-based evidence of students' current status, such as test results showing that students are weak in their mastery of a particular cognitive skill, a teacher might decide to provide additional or different instruction related to this skill. It's worth stressing that because the formative assessment process deals with ongoing instruction, any teacher-made modifications in instructional activities must focus on students' mastery of the curricular aims currently being pursued. It's not a matter of looking at test data and deciding to try a new approach next time; it's a matter of doing something different (or differently) now. (Popham, 2008).

Now think: Do you often make instructional adjustments? If so, try to note specific examples and think about the learning outcomes.

Gathering Data from Kahoot

In the last lesson you should have designed a Kahoot for use in your classroom - and now is the time to use it! For this lesson's assignment, you will have needed to play your Kahoot with multiple users at least once to collect appropriate data.

Once you sign in at Create.Kahoot.It you should see a sidebar that looks like this:

What you should see after signing in

From here you can see some statistics about your account - how many Kahoots you have created, the number of times you have played Kahoots, etc. The information we are interested in is under the "Recent Results" section. You should continue by clicking "View all of your results"

From here you will want to click "download" next to the Kahoot you would like to analyze. The download will be in the form of an excel file but can also be opened using Google Drive.


1. Follow the directions above to download the excel file for your Kahoot and explore the results. Which piece of data do you think is most helpful when considering how to best modify your instruction to help students? Be sure to change tabs available on the bottom of the excel file.

2. Based on your results, brainstorm a plan of action for modifying the lesson. What other teaching methods could you use to reach all students or to dispel misconceptions that became evident from your formative assessment?

3. That's a wrap! If you would like, click "edit" on this page and add a link to the Kahoot you created below so that others can test it out. I hope that you have enjoyed this mini-course and that you are more aware of how to use formative assessment in your classroom!

Post your Kahoot below:


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Popham, W. (2008). Transformative Assessment (1st ed.).