Evidence-based best practices that improve classroom environments and assessment techniques!

If your goal is a smoother-running, participatory classroom and improved student achievement, you'll find essential best practices in this new resource, edited by a renowned education scholar, Robert Slavin.

Dr. Robert Slavin, Professor and Chairman of the Success for All Foundation, has gathered insights and findings from 26 leading education researchers, presented in succinct chapters focused on key aspects of teaching and classroom management practice. Readers will find: Strategies for assessment that address formative approaches, differentiated classrooms, the role of feedback in the assessment process, adaptation for the Common Core, and more; Proven techniques for classroom management, including immediate, positive steps that teachers can take; User-friendly content supported by quick-read charts and graphs

Drawing from the leading international experts in the field of teaching and originally published in the journal Better: Evidence-Based Education, this is a valuable new resource for education leaders at all levels.

Formative Assessment: An Enabler of Learning

Formative assessment: An enabler of learning

Formative assessment can be a powerful day-to-day tool for teachers and students. Margaret Heritage explains.

Formative assessment is often misconstrued. Routinely, it is conceptualized as a “test” or an “instrument” that is more fine-grained and administered more frequently than other types of assessment. This formulation misses its documented power for improving student learning. When formative assessment is conceived as a practice implemented by teachers in collaboration with their students, then its promise as an enabler rather than an evaluator of learning can be realized.

The essential purpose of formative assessment as a practice is to move students' learning forward while their learning is still in the process of developing. This stands in contrast to other forms ...

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