Empower teachers and students with formative assessment practice
Educators seeking to maximize student growth and engagement while strengthening school communities turn to Keeping Learning on Track® (KLT™), a proven, multi-year embedded formative assessment iFormative assessment includes formal and informal processes and tools used by teachers and students to gather evidence for the purpose of adjusting ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement. curriculum. Using KLT district-wide prepares all educators (regardless of grade level or subject area) to continuously gather evidence of student learning, adjust classroom instruction in the moment, and build local capacity to sustain those instructional shifts over time.
We chose KLT because of its research-backed structure, but in some ways it was still a leap of faith. The extensive feedback from teachers and students, along with classroom observations, show us that WOW, this is working; we’ve really received a return on our investment. Watching my teachers in action is exciting.
|DELIVERY METHOD||3 day workshop, plus resources, structure, and curriculum for 2 years of ongoing embedded learning in Teacher Learning Communities (TLCs) iTeacher Learning Communities (TLCs) are similar to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), except that the focus is on integrating formative assessment strategies into teaching and learning. Additionally, the groups consist of teachers and teacher leaders only.|
|STRUCTURE||Embedded Formative Assessment|
|PARTICIPANTS||Districts, schools, and educational service agencies looking to build formative assessment capacity|
|PREREQUISITES||None; complements any assessment/assessment program|
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Skip the wasteful and go for WOW
KLT supplies educators with more than just practical classroom strategies: it provides a process for applying those strategies over time. It’s a pairing proven to enrich educators’ ability to boost every student’s academic growth and achievement—and it’s one that helps districts develop collaborative, peer-led communities of practice.
Rely on 100+ proven formative assessment techniques gleaned from decades of research
Help teachers cultivate students’ college and career-readiness skills, including critical thinking and problem solving
Complement existing Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
Receive resources and support to empower teachers to transfer new strategies into sustained practice
Phase 1: Empowering Teacher Leaders
(3 days of workshops; led by KLT facilitator)
Three days of workshops build embedded formative assessment expertise with a core set of educators selected to become leaders of Teacher Learning Communities (TLCs).
Phase 2: Ongoing Teacher Learning Communities
(2 years of monthly meetings; led by local TLC leaders)
TLC Leaders bring the practices back to their schools by forming and facilitating monthly TLC meetings using the KLT curriculum and resources. After each meeting, participants apply new strategies in their classrooms and reflect with peers at the next session.
Drive student learning minute by minute
Dylan Wiliam, formative assessment expert and lead researcher behind KLT, shares how embedded formative assessment boosts student learning and engagement.
Learn more about KLT
Educators share how KLT benefits both their teachers and students
- Increases student achievement
- Improves student participation and peer-to-peer learning
- Enhances teachers’ ability to make immediate, differentiated instructional adjustments
- Supports Common Core implementation efforts
- Creates stronger teacher communities
The goal of KLT? To have students and teachers continuously using evidence of learning to adapt what happens in the classroom.
“When the cook tastes the soup, that’s formative assessment; when the customer tastes the soup, that’s summative assessment.”
Take 1 blog post. Add 22 simple formative assessment techniques. The result: Lots of great ideas to explore!
- 10 techniques from Terry Heick (10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds)
- 10 techniques from Keeping Learning On Track (KLT)
- 2 bonus techniques
- Sharing learning
- Eliciting evidence
- Activating self
- Activating peers
- Understanding Formative Assessment & Why it Needs to Be a Priority for Every School (55 minutes)
- Practical Techniques for Implementing Formative Assessment (58 minutes)
- How to Sustain the Development of Formative Assessment Using Teacher Learning Communities (59 minutes)
Build Common Core Capacity
KLT: A powerful tool for building Common Core capacity
KLT strategies help teachers cultivate students’ ability to perform on rigorous new state standards, including those of the Common Core.
Enable students to develop strong problem-solving skills and persevere in addressing learning challenges
Increase students’ ability to reason abstractly and quantitatively
Support students in constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others
Empower students to use appropriate learning tools strategically
Develop students’ attention to precision in their work
Improve students’ ability to look for and express patterns in reasoning
KLT is by far one of the most valuable things I’ve done to become a better teacher, and to achieve more learning in my classroom. It’s been so valuable to focus on the quality of our daily instruction, and it’s really helped guide us in making intentional decisions in our classroom and our lessons that benefit the kids the most.
KLT + MAP Interim Assessments
Our KLT program is MAP-friendly
Keep your students engaged and growing
MAP interim assessments complement KLT strategies
Using KLT embedded formative assessment strategies throughout the year helps keep your students engaged and growing—now amplify your efforts to increase every student’s achievement with Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) K – 12 computer adaptive interim assessments. Use MAP in fall, winter, and spring and receive real-time data that give you key insights into all your students’ instructional needs, helps you personalize instruction, and enables you to maximize growth for every student.