How do formative assessments provide students with on-going feedback that reflects their achievement?

How do formative assessments provide students with on-going feedback that reflects their achievement? Provide examples to support your ideas.

Formative assessments provide accurate, timely, and fair feedback to both students and teachers. These assessments can be formal or informal, but are always intended to give the student and teacher a clear way to gauge progress and current levels of knowledge. There are many examples of formative assessments that provide on-going feedback.

A good example of a formative assessment in a Biology lesson for grades 9-12 would be to have students bring examples of current events that relate to the current topic being discussed in class. Students could also use library resources to look for current news as well. For example, a student could find a recent article about air pollution levels and present it to the class while relating it to the current unit. This is an accurate formative assessment because the teacher can quickly determine if the student understands how pollution is measured in real-world scenarios.

Evaluate how facilitating individual student conferences can promote student growth. Provide specific examples to support your ideas.

It may be difficult to obtain accurate assessments from some students during class instruction. Some students prefer to share ideas and demonstrate skills in an individual conference with the teacher. These provide students with a more direct line of communication and the privacy to share without the worry of what other students might think or say.

Goal monitoring conferences are a good way to use individual student conferences to promote student growth. Students in Learning Support classrooms frequently have education plans that involve changes in behavior. Individual conferences with students to discuss progress on classroom behavior goals keep students focused and allow the teacher to provide direct, timely feedback.

Predict how formative assessments and collaborative feedback can provide students with a clear vision of their strengths and areas of development.

Students need a clear idea of their strengths and areas of development in order to meet the standards of units of instruction. Formative assessments that are conducted during group work with other students are a unique way to provide students with feedback from both the teacher as well as peers.

For example, a formative assessment like Think-Pair-Share provides students with a clear vision by first guiding them to formulate their own answers to teacher questions. Adding in a writing element can help them express their ideas further. Then, their vision of strengths and needs expands as they meet with a partner to discuss the answer. They’re able to see how their knowledge compares to a classmate, and this helps them to focus on either improving a skill or sharing their strength.


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