Assessment Strategies

Assessment Strategies: Formative, Summative and Alternative Assessment

Teachers use formative and summative assessment to test their students progress. Formative assessment is used to evaluate students’ progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adapt teaching appropriately. Summative testing, however, evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, for example at the end of an instructional unit.  There is however anther type of assessment which does not fall into the categories of tests mentioned above. This is called alternative assessment.

In this article on Edutopia, Todd Finley introduces Alternative formative assessment (AFA) and says that these strategies:

can be as simple (and important) as checking the oil in your car — hence the name “dipsticks.” They’re especially effective when students are given tactical feedback, immediately followed by time to practice the skill. My favorite techniques are those with simple directions, like The 60 Second Paper, which asks students to describe the most important thing they learned and identify any areas of confusion in under a minute.

He also provides a downloadable list of 53 ways to check for understanding. Here is the link to the article:

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

And here is the link to the:

Downloadable list of 53 ways to check for understanding

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