What Is Formative Assessment


Learning Objectives

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

  1. Define formative assessment
  2. Evaluate different types of formative assessment

The Assessment Stigma

What is Formative Assessment?

Before we can evaluate formative assessment methods we first need a clear idea of what formative assessment is. Let's explore a few definitions:

"Practice in a classroom is formative to the extent that evidence about student achievement is elicited, interpreted, and used by teachers, learners, or their peers, to make decisions about the next steps in instruction that are likely to be better, or better founded, than the decisions they would have taken in the absence of the evidence that was elicited."


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