Formative Assessment

Kathy Dyer
Making Assessment Feedback Count: Its Role in Moving Students Forward

In a recent MindShift blog, The Importance of Low-Stakes Student Feedback, Katrina Schwartz provides a summary of Bernard Bull’s recent presentation about assessment. Several of the findings and comments piqued my interest. First was the fact that Bull’s primary research looks at innovative teaching practices and ...

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Kathy Dyer
Assessment for Learning: 12 Easy Tools for Creating Quizzes

NWEA recognizes formative assessment practice as an important component of assessment literacy and an integral part of teaching and learning. We’ve gone so far as to define it this way: Formative assessment:   formal and informal processes and tools used by teachers and students to gather evidence ...

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Kathy Dyer
Growing the List: 50 Digital Education Tools and Apps for Formative Assessment Success

The beauty of formative assessment is that there is no shortage of strategies and techniques available to teachers to use in their classroom. They provide teachers the valuable feedback they need to adjust their teaching so student learning moves forward. Today, digital tools available in smartphones ...

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Kathy Dyer
Pivoting in the Classroom – Teachers as Entrepreneurs

Jeff Goins has a great guest post over at Michael Hyatt’s blog titled The Surprising Success We Find in Failure. In it he discusses how pivoting can turn what might be deemed a failure into something exceptional. He uses the example of Eric Lefkofsky and his ...

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Kathy Dyer
New Year’s Resolution – Implement Formative Assessment in Your Classroom

Whether you’re one to make New Year’s resolutions or not, there are some easy to implement classroom strategies that can have positive changes. One such strategy we’ve blogged about extensively here is formative assessment. Not to be confused with interim or summative assessments, formative assessment is ...

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Kathy Dyer
Portraits in Partnership: The Power of Building Teacher Collaboration (Implementing KLT, Part Four)

Just about two years ago we began a blog series that followed the implementation of Keep Learning on Track® (KLT®), our formative assessment, teacher professional development solution, at Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District in Ohio. We shared then-Assistant Superintendent, Linda Uveges', reasons for selecting the KLT teacher ...

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Kathy Dyer
8 Formative Assessment Data Sources that Help Students Become Better Learners

Not too long ago Daniel Venables shared a blog at TeachThought titled 8 Frequent Sources Of Formative Assessment Data which talks about data as tools teachers can use to teach better. He provides eight sources of daily classroom data [which] can be invaluable in informing instruction ...

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Kathy Dyer
Classroom Strategies: Planning for and Building Instructional Agility

Not too long ago I heard Tom Schimmer talk about instructional agility. The phrase really captured me; it surfaced ideas and questions that I’ve thought about for quite a while. That “What’s next?” question that we as teachers ask so often fits into this thinking. I ...

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