What it provides for students

As assessment for learning,  formative assessment practices provide students with clear learning targets, examples and models of strong and weak work, regular descriptive feedback, and the ability to self-assess, track learning, and set goals.

Adapted from Council of Chief State School Officers, FAST SCASS.

Formative assessment/instructional process

Applying the Formative Assessment / Instructional Process image

This graphic, as well as a description of the Six Attributes of the Formative Assessment/Instructional Process, is available in this Formative Assessment/Instructional Process PDF

Formative assessment modules

Formative Assessment is a process used by teachers and students as part of instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of core content. There is a series of modules for use by locally-facilitated collaborative learning teams. They have been developed to deepen teacher understanding of the attributes of the formative assessment/instructional process as defined by the Iowa Core Brief and Innovation Configuration Map. Each module contains a facilitator’s guide to help the local facilitator organize and structure teacher interaction with the content.

  • Learning Foundations
  • Learning Intentions
  • Elicit Evidence/ Instructional Modifications
  • Descriptive Feedback
  • Self & Peer Assessment
  • Collaborative Classroom Climate
  • Putting it All Together

Buildings or schools are highly encouraged to start with the Assessment for Learning Foundations module.

Formative assessment tool

Plickers is a powerful, but simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.