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July 17 , 2009

What Teachers Really Need to Know About Formative Assessment


What does formative assessment look like, and when should I use it? What kind of planning does it require, and what kinds of data does it generate? How will formative assessment improve my teaching and help my students succeed in a standards-based environment? How does it relate to my application of multiple intelligences theory, to differentiated instruction, and to everything else I'm already doing in my classroom?

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In this volume, author Laura Greenstein has gathered what you really need to know in order to make formative assessment a seamless part of your everyday practice. Emphasizing formative assessment application in secondary schools but applicable to teachers of all grade levels and all subject areas, this book provides

* Straightforward answers to teachers' most frequently asked questions

* Dozens of strategies for measuring student understanding and diagnosing learning needs before, during, and after instruction

* Illustrations of formative assessment across the content areas, from math to language arts to science to social studies to health and physical education

* Guidance on making data-informed instructional adjustments

* Sample templates for organizing assessment data to track both whole-class and individual progress toward identified goals

* Case studies to illustrate effective and ineffective formative assessment and deepen your understanding

If you're looking to take formative assessment from theory to practice – and from practice to genuine learning improvement – this is the place to begin.

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