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How Classroom Assessments Improve Learning

Website - ASCD - Teachers who develop useful assessments, provide corrective instruction, and give students second chances to demonstrate success can improve their instruction and help students learn.

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Connecting Formative Assessment Research to Practice

Brief - Learning Point Associates - Connecting Formative Assessment Research to Practice is intended to enhance the knowledge and build the capacity of state, district, and school personnel to implement effective formative assessment practice. To accomplish this goal, the brief defines formative assessment, examines the research, and outlines the components needed to develop a high-quality, research-based formative assessment plan in a state, district, or school.

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AifL Early Years Self-Assessment Toolkit

Toolkit - Assessment is For Learning (AiFL), Learning and Teaching Scotland - The ideas in this toolkit represent a set of principles that are widely endorsed in consultation with teachers and other staff and have been implemented in many schools and early years’ centres involved in the Assessment is for Learning (AifL) programme.

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The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework

Research Paper - National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) - This research paper, "Supporting early learning and development through formative assessment", responds to the questions "What’s the purpose of formative assessment in early childhood?" and "What should we assess?" "How should we assess?" One of four research papers commissioned by the NCCA to set out the theory trail behind the Framework for Early Learning, this paper is being used to develop guidelines on assessment for inclusion in the Framework.

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Examples of Formative Assessment

Website - West Virginia Department of Education - When incorporated into classroom practice, the formative assessment process provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are still happening. Here are a few examples that may be used in the classroom during the formative assessment process to collect evidence of student learning.

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Formative Assessment in Early Years

Blog - Effective Assessment - Find key tips on how to achieve formative assessment in practice.

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Assessment Training Institute (ATI)

Web Resource - Rick Stiggins - ick Stiggins founded the Assessment Training Institute (ATI) in 1992 to provide much-needed professional development in assessment for teachers and school leaders. ATI can help assessment users at all levels learn how to (a) create high-quality assessments, and (b) use them in the service of student success. The most unique feature of the ATI philosophy remains our advocacy of and professional development in "assessment for learning"; that is, the use of student-involved classroom assessment, record keeping and communication to promote success for all students.

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Alberta Assessment Consortium Key Visual

PDF - Alberta Assessment Consortium (AAC) - key visual representation of the learning process from setting goals based on Alberta Education curriculum programs of study and assessing progress in an ongoing way.

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Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards Through Classroom Assessment

PDF - Paul Black and Dylan William, King's College London School of Education - We start from the self-evident proposition that teaching and learning have to be interactive. Teachers need to know about their pupils’ progress and difficulties with learning so that they can adapt their work to meet their needs—needs which are often unpredictable and which vary from one pupil to another. Teachers can find out what they need in a variety of ways — from observation and discussion in the classroom, and from written work of whether done as homework or in class.

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The Global Search for Education: What Did You Learn Today?

Web link to Huffington Post Article - based on work of Dylan William - "It is right that teachers and schools are accountable to those with a stake in public education, and this requires assessments that are free from subjectivity. So we do need some form of standardized assessment. However, the United States pays a very high price for its insistence --unique among rich countries -- of doing this almost entirely with multiple choice tests. Even with multiple choice tests, the best way to raise students' test scores is to teach for deep understanding." -- Dylan Wiliam.

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Maximizing the Power of Formative Assessments

PDF Article -Rick Stiggins and Rick DuFour - Formative assessment, done well, represents one of the most powerful instructional tools available to a teacher or a school for promoting student achievement.

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Tips for Assessment

Tips by Leslie Collings, Director of 21st Century Learning, Rocky View Schools

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