Series: Success at the Core: Common Formative Assessments

Using CFAs to Improve Teaching and Learning
Lesson Objective: Create and use common formative assessments to improve student performance
All Grades / All Subjects / Data Use

Thought starters

  1. How does the team structure facilitate the development and use of common formative assessments?
  2. What is the connection between common formative assessments and SMART goals?
  3. How do common formative assessments help teachers meet the needs of all learners?

I am an instructional coach and we are working on creating CFAs in our districts. I was wondering if you would be able to share any of your CFAs with me for us to have a base to go off of? Thanks!

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I love the idea of using rubrics. I will strive to use rubrics and checklists this school year. It makes sense.
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I do think "data driven" instruction is important, especially for collaboration with related service professionals and other professional peers. Using student data through CFA's is an important concept for us, as teachers to be knowledgeable of. Also important, is knowing that we can't measure all of our student needs! Keeping these concepts in mind and staying well read with new trends on mindfulness, I prepared a power-point presentation as a summary on using data. This presentation covered important topics to consider, as well as a new shift in "student growth potential." Lexie Domaradzki discussed this in much detail at the RTI/MTSS 2017, Effective Instruction Conference, in Anchorage, on January 28th. As a final note, I do believe we have to keep in mind a student's right to privacy and to always keep in mind the importance of their well being and self esteem.
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I like the idea of competition also some students could get frustrated that are slower. It might be best to put them in a different group or competition.
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I like the idea of students competition
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