Formative Assessment

Presenter: Matt Townsley

Email: mtownsley@solon.k12.ia.us

Twitter: @mctownsley

Blog: MeTA musings


From Points to Learning – Making Formative Assessment Meaningful

This session will highlight formative assessment (assessment for learning) techniques from a 6-12 classroom perspective.  Beliefs about assessment, homework, and reporting will be challenged and refined as they relate to this Iowa Core Curriculum characteristic of effective instruction.  Many examples and illustrations will be from math classrooms, but examples from other disciplines will be integrated throughout the session. 

Slides from today's session:


Additional resources:
Examples, learning targets lists and parent communication letters for a high school biology teacher can be found here
Examples, learning target lists and parent communication letters for a high school earth science teacher can be found here.
Connect with educators from around the country in various disciplines who are using standards-based grading in their classrooms.  

A video presentation from the Iowa Core Leadership Series given in April, 2010 at Grant Wood AEA by Matt and Eric Townsley:


More information on this video can be found here.


Further reading:
  • Brookhart, S. M. (2008). How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Chappuis, J. (2005). Helping Students Understand Assessment. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 39-43.
  • Chappuis S. & Chappuis S. (2007).  The Best Value in Formative Assessment, Educational Leadership, 65(4), 14-19.
  • Christopher, S. (2007). Homework: A Few Practice Arrows. Educational Leadership, 65(4), 74-75.
  • Colby, S. A. (1999). Grading in a Standards-Based System. Educational Leadership, 56(6), 52-55.
  • Earl, L. M. (2003). Assessment as Learning: Using Classroom Assessment to Maximize Student Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Fisher, D., & Frey, N. (2007). Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for your Classroom. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Guskey, T. R., & Bailey, J. M. (2001). Developing Grading and Reporting Systems for Student Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Jackson, R. (2009). Never Work Harder Than Your Students. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Marzano, R. J. (2006). Classroom Assessment & Grading that Work. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • McTighe, J., & O'Connor, K. (2005). Seven Practices for Effective Learning. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 10-17.
  • Scriffiny, P. (2008). Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading. Educational Leadership, 66(2), 70-74.
  • Winger, T. (2005). Grading to Communicate. Educational Leadership, 63(3), 61-65. 

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Matt Townsley,
Oct 9, 2010, 9:06 PM
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