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Formative Assessment

Find and share ideas for checking in with students during a project, class, or semester to assess their learning and see if content or instruction needs adjusting.

  • Teenage girl takes notes while reading a book

    Encouraging Students to Read for Deeper Comprehension

    Attentive coaching and carefully crafted assessments guide high school students toward literacy skills that last a lifetime.
    Benjamin Barbour
  • Middle school girl on laptop at home remote learning

    How Using Authentic Digital Assessments Can Benefit Students

    Digital assessments that include elements of student choice encourage high school students to engage deeply with course content.
  • 5 Ways to Conduct Formative Assessments Virtually

    5 Ways to Conduct Formative Assessments Virtually

    To check for student understanding during remote learning, teachers can adapt old standbys and embrace new digital tools.
  • Teacher urges students to use a thumbs up

    8 Quick Checks for Understanding

    Formative assessment is a proven technique for improving student learning, and the strategies shared here by Jay McTighe work both in the classroom and remotely.
  • Illustration of an achievement gap concept

    Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
  • An illustration concept of measuring student understanding

    7 Ways to Do Formative Assessments in Your Virtual Classroom

    Finding out what your students are really learning remains indispensable to teaching. Here’s what teachers are doing to check for understanding online. 
  • Elementary-aged boy watching a video of his teacher reading a book on a smartphone

    Formative Assessment in Distance Learning

    Schools are closed but schooling goes on, and it remains crucial that teachers find ways to see what students are learning.
  • An illustration concept of children interacting with technology

    Reading the Virtual Classroom Is Hard, but It Can Be Done

    Many teachers find it difficult to gauge how well students understand a lesson in an online classroom. A technique common among award-winning online instructors should help.
  • Inviting Participation With Thumbs-Up Responses

    A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
  • An Illustration depicting a formative assessment concept

    7 Smart, Fast Ways to Do Formative Assessment

    Within these methods you’ll find close to 40 tools and tricks for finding out what your students know while they’re still learning.
  • Teacher grading papers

    How to Spend Less Time Grading

    Carefully deciding what to grade and providing students with rubrics can make grading less time-consuming.
  • Teacher looking at papers at home

    How to Make Sure Grades Are Meaningful and Useful to Students

    Giving grades that truly reflect student learning is one of the perennial problems in teaching, and these shifts in thinking about how to gather and report grades can help.
  • Woman teacher working on laptop at school

    4 Assessment Strategies for Distance and Hybrid Learning

    A few ways to set up formative and summative assessments that provide an accurate picture of what students know.
  • Elementary school students working together at a whiteboard with their teacher observing

    3 Ways to Ask Questions That Engage the Whole Class

    These techniques guide all students to process course content and then actively demonstrate their learning.
  • Teacher in classroom on computer teaching remotely due to COVID

    Formative and Summative Assessment in a Hybrid Classroom

    Getting a true sense of students’ learning and discouraging cheating is tough when some students are in the room and some are at home, but it can be done.

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