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Formative Assessment

Formative assessment, often referred to as assessment for learning, “is a process teachers and students use during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching moves and learning tactics. It is not a specific test, nor an event, nor a bank of test items” (Linquanti, R. 2014). Put more succinctly, “formative assessment is a planned process in which teachers and students use assessment based evidence to adjust what they’re currently doing” (Popham, 2008).
 
Check out assessment items and tasks on the Smarter Balanced Digital Library

The Formative Assessment Network of San Diego (FANSDiego)

The goals of FANSDiego are to:

  • Support deeper learning around the formative assessment process 

  • Help teachers revise and refine their current practices within their own classroom and school

  • Encourage both student and teacher reflection and dialogue around content and assessment

  • Improve assessment literacy to create lasting change in schools and districts

To improve formative assessment knowledge in your school district, register for one of the professional learning opportunities below, or contact the AAE team to design a customized learning program.

Introduction to Formative Assessment

In three day-long sessions, participants will work towards an understanding of the formative assessment process, how to effectively implement assessment for learning in your classroom, school, and district and the power of deliberate planning for instructional success in a collaborative professional learning community.
 
Register for this series:

FANSDiego Cohort

The Cohort is a year long, site-based personalized professional learning program aimed to improve student achievement and create sustained change.

The goals are to:

  • Support deeper learning around the formative assessment process

  • Help teachers revise and refine their current practices within their own classroom and school

  • Encourage both student and teacher reflection and dialogue around content and assessment

  • Improve assessment literacy to create lasting change in schools and districts

Summer Leadership Training

  • Day one is only for facilitators, days two and three are for leadership teams (administrator and facilitator) to attend together; choose which location or date works best

  • July 10-12 at SDCOE, Annex C

  • July 19-21 at NCREC, Comm Labs 1 and 3

  • Sign up for more information here