How can the formative assessment/instructional process improve learning?

“Research indicates that improving learning through assessment depends on five, deceptively simple, key factors:

  • the provision of effective feedback to pupils;
  • the active involvement of pupils in their own learning;
  • adjusting teaching to take account of the results of assessment;
  • a recognition of the profound influence assessment has on the motivation and self-esteem of pupils, both of which are crucial influences on learning;
  • the need for pupils to be able to assess themselves and understand how to improve.”

Assessment Reform Group (1999). Assessment for learning: Beyond the black box. University of Cambridge: School of Education.


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