Thursday, July 17, 2014

Formative Assessments for the Win!

There is more and more research coming out in support of formative assessments in the math classroom.  Due to the sequential nature of mathematics, it is imperative that we as educators have data to prove when our students are ready to move on to new concepts and explorations.  The following three resources range in their uses, but all relate to formative assessment.

In a recent Formative Assessment Podcast from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website, ‘College Ready’, Stephanie Emmons talks about her experience as a special educator in co-taught math classrooms in Kentucky.   This podcast is a testament to the impact that formative assessments have made as far as student ownership is concerned.    

The Dylan William book above is an excellent summer read.  William references learning targets and success criteria throughout and offers more than 50 classroom tools and techniques to support teachers and coaches in formatively assessing students.  If you'd like more information, check out the Dylan William's Website.

Many of our districts have a large English language learner (ELL) population and that population continues to grow.  Formative assessments can be used in powerful ways when working with ELLs.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is currently offering a WIDA 101 course in Taunton that focuses on the formative language assessment process.  This DESE PD Offering runs from August 4th-August 6th and is free to attend.

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