Formative Assessments

This collection features resources that assist teachers with formative assessment.  A number of engaging resources and tools are provided as well as a variety of way to utilize these tools to inform needs based instruction, differentiation, explicit instruction and groupings.

Formative assessment is assessment FOR learning (if done by a teacher) and AS learning (if done by a student).  These assessments are used along the learning path to inform instruction, identify needs and progress and inform next steps.  Progress should be monitored by the teacher and the student, and reflection should be part of the process.  

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The 7 Best Assessment Practices and Resources You Can Use Right Now
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This high impact article from Wabisabi examines best practices in assessment. The ideas are practical, low-organization and high impact.

Included:
*7 Mindful Assessment Tools (summaries, open-ended questions, student interviews, daily learning journals, peer teaching, quick draw showdown, self-grading)

*7 Best Assessment Practices (transform the test, consider where you are starting, make a diagnosis, master multiple choice, hold up a mirror, give great feedback, powerful portfolios)

Subject:
Arts Education
Education
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Lee Watanabe-crockett
Wabisabi Learning
Date Added:
02/05/2020
8 easy brain boosts for testing time – Ditch That Textbook
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Small changes to test prep — and the day of the big test — can reap huge rewards. Learn about these brain-friendly strategies that work.

Cognitive science — the study of thought, learning and mental organization — tells us a lot about getting students primed to succeed on tests.

This resource outlines some practices that can help as you approach tests — and even on the day of the test:
1. Use retrieval to lock learning in long-term.
2. Mix up question types with interleaving.
3. Instead of cramming, space out practice.
4. Happiness is powerful.
5. Time of day matters.
6. Soak up the sun.
7. Breaks are essential.
8. Get up and move, move, move.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Ditch That Textbook
Date Added:
04/13/2021
9 Inspiring Student-Led Formative Assessment Activities
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"Every teacher knows that the classroom environment is a great place to allow students to “take the wheel” in learning. Student-led formative assessment activities can give students the power to learn more by being able to explain certain ideas themselves to their classmates."

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Lee Watanabe-crockett
Date Added:
09/26/2019
Benchmark Assessments
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The following document contains possible assessments to benchmark reading, writing and math. The document orivudes a list with links to resources that may be used to measure growth. These benchmark assessments can be sued to support your work with Personalized Goals (PGs) in your school. 

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Melissa Lander
Carole Butcher
Kelli Boklaschuk
Vanessa Lewis
Tammy German
Date Added:
04/19/2021
The Best Web Tools for Making Fast Formative Assessments by Global Digital Citizen Foundation
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This article describes the best web tools currently around to build fast formative assessment. The article is from the Global Digital Citizen Foundation by Lee Wantanabe-Crockett.
It includes:
Quick feedback tools
Live quiz tools
Presentation and quiz tools
Video tools
No tech tools

Subject:
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
Workplace and Apprenticeship
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Blooket
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Welcome to the World of Blooket: a new take on trivia and review games! Sign up to get started! Introduction video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFe9Rch0Q8w

The way it works is that a teacher/host picks a question set and a unique game mode. Then, we generate a code that players can use to join the game on their own devices. After the game starts, players will answer questions to help them win. That’s where the fun starts, because we offer a variety of games to keep students engaged and excited!

Students are encouraged to participate in games with rewards for answering questions and exploring new methods of learning. Overcoming our challenges drives students to perform well while reviewing.

Question sets can be painlessly imported or created easily with our powerful Set Builder. You can also explore our incredible collection of sets built by other amazing users on the Discover page.

Ditch the old, redundant classroom review game and try out our variety of unique, engaging game modes. Also, edit game settings with a variety of options to truly make Blooket the perfect tool for you.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Math
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Author:
Anna Lapinsh
Blooket
Date Added:
05/10/2021
Classroom Assessment Learning Modules from Center for Assessment
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Modules for teachers include:
*Overview & Syllabus
*Intro
*Readiness Pre-Assessment
*Formative Assessment
*Data Informed Instruction
*Summative Classroom Assessment
*Putting the Pieces Together
Classroom Assessment in a Remote Learning Environment

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Center for Assessment
Date Added:
09/29/2020
A Collection of Some of The Best Word Cloud Tools for Teachers
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A word cloud is a visual representation of the frequencies of words in a text. Teachers can use word clouds for a variety of instructional purposes from creating class groups using students' names to reflecting on lesson plans, this article from 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning Blog outlines over a 100 creative ways you can use word clouds with students in class. Now that you have an idea of the educational and pedagogical potential of word clouds in class instruction, here are some of our favourite web tools an iPad apps we uncovered from our archive which you can utilize to easily generate and share word clouds. Check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

Subject:
Electrical & Electronics
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Date Added:
04/06/2018
Create Jeopardy Style Games!
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"Factile is the #1 Jeopardy-style classroom quiz review game! Learn why Factile is played by the best and get started now for free!

Create your own game in minutes
Search from thousands of premade game templates
Play Jeopardy-style, Multiple Choice, or as Classic Memory games
Use and share online flashcards
Play from your computer, tablet or phone
Users “buzz-in” for a fun and engaging classroom experience
New – Remote / Distance learning, including Remote Buzzer Mode"

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Biology
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
05/13/2020
Daily Assessment with Tiered Exit Cards
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Marie Barchi models an effective process of formative assessment with her Algebra I students. During the lesson, Ms. Barchi assesses student readiness as they work problems so she can identify the type of exit card appropriate for each student based on where they are at in learning how to solve inequalities.She then quickly sorts the cards to identify which students are struggling and need additional support as well as which students provided average and above average work. As students enter the classroom, she directs them to one of three groups based on the information she gathered from their exit card assessment. This grouping allows for efficient and effective differentiation.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
05/24/2018
Digital Formative Assessment Ideas from Wabisabi Blog
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17 great tools for assessing your student's understanding online!
You could easily provide this list to students and have them select their own formative assessment or have them build one to share with the class using the PeBL philosophy.

Author: by Lee Watanabe-Crockett

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
09/12/2018
Remix
ELA 10 A
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CC BY-NC
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These rubric exemplars were developed to provide a consistent and common resource that aligns with the Saskatchewan curriculum and provide opportunities for transfer of responsibility between educator and student. These rubrics are designed to be edited by educator and student.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Kelli Boklaschuk
Date Added:
08/21/2019
ELA 20 Outcome Based Rubrics
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These rubric exemplars were developed to provide a consistent and common resource that aligns with the Saskatchewan curriculum and provide opportunities for transfer of responsibility between educator and student. These rubrics are designed to be edited by educator and student.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Heather Phillips
Kelli Boklaschuk
Melissa Lander
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
11/28/2019
ELA A10  & B10 Outcome Based Rubrics
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These 4 point rubric exemplars were developed to provide a consistent and common resource that aligns with the Saskatchewan curriculum and provide opportunities for transfer of responsibility between educator and student. These rubrics are designed to be edited by educator and student.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Heather Phillips
Kelli Boklaschuk
Melissa Lander
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
01/13/2020
ELA A30 & B30 Outcome Based Rubrics
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CC BY-NC
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These rubric exemplars were developed to provide a consistent and common resource that aligns with the Saskatchewan curriculum and provide opportunities for transfer of responsibility between educator and student. These rubrics are designed to be edited by educator and student.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Courtney McDonald
Heather Phillips
Kelli Boklaschuk
Melissa Lander
Jennifer Loken
Date Added:
11/28/2019
Exit/Entry/Tweet Slips
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This site provides the rationale for using exit slips, and explicitly describes (in steps) how to use them.

Slip ideas are provided for exit as well as entry.

Variations are provided such as: slips, Tweets, ticket out the door, status posts, ticket in the door, entry slips, tickets, golden tickets, passports,

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS)
Date Added:
12/16/2019
Flipgrid - Empower Every Voice
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Flipgrid is social learning for PreK to PhD learners ... and beyond!

Teachers can create grids and add topics.

Grids are the meeting place for your classroom, your school, your department or any learning community to discuss your Topics.

Start with an icebreaker, add weekly reflections, share book talks, explore STEM principles, give mini-presentations ... any Topic to ignite discussion!

Check out the Flipgrid Educator’s Guide (copy and paste this web address into a browser: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzZGEfOtEWqPcGUzcFd2RzRjYTQ/view) by our awesome friends Karly, Sean and Jennifer!

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Author:
Flipgrid
Date Added:
12/06/2019
Flippity
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Flippity easily turns any Google spreadsheet into flash cards, a badge creator, a spelling quiz, a memory game, a word search, random name generator, scavenger hunt, board game, manipulatives, matching game, timeline, BINGO, leader board, crossword puzzle, word scramble, word cloud, MadLibs, self assessment and more. Teachers can use Flippity for a variety of purposes: to present to the class, to assess individual students, or to have students make their own creations.

Subject:
Computer & Digital Technologies
Education
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Flippity
Date Added:
05/10/2021