Modern Classroom Assessment offers an applied, student-centered guide to the major research-based approaches to assessment in today's modern classroom. Rather than simply list basic assessment formats with a few examples, as many textbooks do, award-winning professor and scholar Bruce Frey's book fully explores all five key approaches for teacher-designed assessment—Traditional Paper-and-Pencil, Performance-Based Assessment, Formative Assessment, Universal Test Design, and Authentic Assessment —while making abstract concepts and guidelines clear with hundreds of real-world illustrations and examples of what actual teachers do. Offering a variety of engaging learning tools and realistic stories from the classroom, this text will give any reader a strong foundation for designing modern assessments in their own classrooms.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment

Looking Ahead in this Chapter

This chapter examines the powerful potential of formative assessment, exploring in detail why this style of assessment is now best practice. We also discuss the characteristics of validity and reliability most relevant to formative assessment and present a set of “how-to” guidelines with examples for using it in the classroom. Finally, we show how to assess the quality of formative assessment.


After studying this chapter, you should be able to

  • Define formative assessment
  • Describe why self-directed learning and feedback are the primary advantages of formative assessment in the classroom
  • Outline what we know about formative assessment and how it works
  • Explain how to design a classroom environment appropriate for formal and informal assessment
  • Describe how to assess the quality of your own formative ...
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