Assessment for Learning

Key Strategies


  • Clarifying, understanding, and sharing learning intentions.
  • Engineering effective classroom discussions, tasks and activities that elicit evidence of learning
  • Providing feedback that moves learners forward
  • Activating students as learning resources for one another
  • Activating students as owners of their own learning

Formative and Summative Assessments

Formative assessments provide both students and teachers with the information they may need to help improve learning while it is happening. It mainly helps monitor a students progress as they work to toward reaching their goal. (examples: a quiz and student-teacher conference)


Summative assessments are usually given at the end of a course to measure if the standard has been mastered. (examples: state exams and semester final exams)

How both sets of ideas could be implemented to create an effective classroom environment

I can implement both formative and summative assessments to the classroom environment. For the formative assessment I can ask the student many open ended questions to get the children to expand on their responses and to get them thinking. Their response will let me know if they are understanding what is be taught. I can also give little quizzes to see if they understood what was taught on that day. For the summative assessment I can test them at the end to see if the skills they were taught were mastered