We have been dabbling as a school on what our common formative assessments may look like. I threw together a possible layout of what it could look like down the road. I used Lucidcharts to create chart. Its not groundbreaking, but I thought it could easily be tied to our RTI program. An argument one may have is that formative assessment needs to happen on a quicker basis. My thoughts on this relate to a recent post on standards based grading. I anticipate these assessments would happen on a weekly basis to check for 4-5 of the major concepts teachers choose as part of their power benchmarks.
Initial ideas of how it would work:
1. Give all students the quick assessment - check for understanding.
2. Students that are not proficient will be placed in our ELA/Math intervention rooms.
3. Small group setting - focused on mastery development of the benchmark assessment.
4. This will allow us to diagnose the learning breakdown faster.
5. Students take a similar assessment to "test out."
Below I posted some recent Tweets from some users in response to my question related to formative assessments. I was impressed with some responses.
We need to focus on formative assessments not summative assessments as means to improve student performance!
How are you implementing common formative assessments?