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How often do you give a formative assessment lesson ) FAL)?

Sep 10, 2014 4:00pm

  • Math


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    • Mar 8, 2015 11:39am

      Formative assessment is more than just a lesson. It is not an event, rather a fluid process. Smarter Balanced has a definition that I think clearly encapsulates it: "Formative Assessment is a deliberate process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides actionable feedback that is used to adjust ongoing teaching and learning strategies to improve students' attainment of curricular learning targets/goals."

      I know what you are referring to are specific FAL lessons that some states (Georgia, Kentucky) and some organizations (Shell -Mathematics Assessment Project) have developed and promote. Kentucky says to administer it 2/3 of the way through the unit to inform instruction for the last third.

      I agree with Katie. Do it any time and often. Research shows it increases student achievement, increased student engagement and increased professional satisfaction for teachers.

      • Mar 28, 2015 11:29am

        Short, insightful and often.

        • Mar 9, 2015 5:38pm

          It can also be useful to do more formal assessments periodically to check for student understanding and assess your instruction in order to change things up as needed.