Robin Fogarty and Associates

Informative Assessment

When It's Not About a Grade

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Instruction and assessment go hand in hand.

In fact, assessments inform instruction with both formative and summative data. The striking difference between assessment of instruction and assessment for instruction is found in the following two questions. Assessment of instruction asks: How did I do? Assessment for instruction asks: How am I doing? Summative assessments provide data for grades and rankings at the end point of the instruction. Yet, In this highly interactive session, participants will learn about, teacher-tested, tried and true in Formative assessment tools that they can apply immediately in their k12 classrooms. These tools and techniques are organized around three levels of implementation:

1) Routine inFormative Assessments weave into everyday classroom instruction.

  • Check for Understanding Signals
  • Questioning Strategies
  • Responding Strategies
  • Unpacking the Language of Tests
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2) Reflective inFormative Assessments to foster self-assessment for students and for teachers.

  • Agree/Disagree Discussion Guides
  • The Human Graph (Take a Stand)
  • Range Finding /Hinge Point Questions
  • Student Portfolios
  • Checklists and Rubrics

3) Rigorous inFormative Assessments to provide constant and continual professional learning tools that inform teaching practices and student learning.

  • Performance Tasks
  • Grading Practices
  • Item Analysis-Robust Distracters
  • Test Creation Software
  • Using Summative Assessment to Inform