Assessment for Learning

By Letitia Ishman

Key Strategies:

Strategy #1

Clarifying, Understanding, and Sharing Learning Intentions

Strategy #2

Engineering Effective Classroom Discussions, Tasks and Activities That Elicit Evidence of Learning

Strategy #3

Providing Feedback That Moves Learners Forward

Strategy #4

Activating Students As Learning Resources For One Another

Strategy #5

Activating Students As Owners Of Their Own Learning

My Thoughts on Formative vs. Summative

Formative assessments are generally used to monitor progress and to identity strengths and weaknesses. They help teachers see what area students need help with the most. Summative assessments are usually done at the end of a grading period to measure growth. They are not as helpful as formative assessments.

Implementing Both Assessments

Both formative and summative assessments can be implement in the classroom. Formative assessments can be teacher made or done by observing or even through play to see what the students know and what the teacher need to spend a little more time teaching or finding new ways to teach it. Summative assessments are basically your benchmark test or End of Grade Test that are done at the end of a grading period or unit to see what the students have learned.


Rystad, M.(2013,April 7). Assessment for learning [video file]. Retrieved from v=HcLMIY6R7RM