Packed with examples from various subjects and grades, this guide walks readers through every step of the formative assessment process, from articulating learning goals to providing quality feedback.

Assessment With and for Students

Assessment with and for students

The word “assessment” comes from the Latin verb “assidere,” meaning “to sit with.” This word origin implies that in assessment the teacher sits with the learner and assessment is something teachers do with and for students rather than to students (Green, 1998).

Formative assessment, in particular, is something teachers do with and for students. Teachers involve students with them in the assessment, thus students and teachers are partners, both sharing responsibility for learning. Formative assessment provides evidence for improving student learning. Indeed, to emphasize this function, it is often referred to as “assessment for learning.” Lorna Earl (2003) also uses the phrase “assessment as learning,” signaling the active role students play in the process.

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