Assessments for Learning

Key Strategies

  1. clarifying, understanding and sharing learning intentions and criteria for success- getting the students to really understand the class room experience and how their success will be measured.
  2. engineering effective classroom discussions, tasks, and activities that elicit evidence of learning- developing effective classroom strategies that allow for the measurement of success

3. providing feedback that moves learners forward- working with students to provide them the information they need to better understand problems and solutions.

4. activating students as learning resources for one another- getting students involved with each other in working groups can improve student learning.

5. activating students as owners of their own learning-self regulation of learning leads to student performance improvement. (Dylan Williams, 2015)

Formative Assessment

The goal for formative assessments is to monitor the progress of the student and identify strengths and weaknesses immediately in order to help both faculty and students for future success.

Summative Assessment

The goal is to take information given over a period of time and evaluate the student learning at the end of a teaching or instructional unit.

I.E. Mid Term or final exam

If I had to choose due to my personal experience I would have to go with Formative Assessment only because solutions should be made aware prior to a final exam. On the other hand Summative Assessment would be a great idea only if it were to benefit the child's learning and not be put against a learning or state wide scale.

I believe that these strategies are clear and straight forward as shown on this weeks video. It is very important that teachers go into a class room with a plan of action. This outline actually has no boundaries and can be tackled in many different ways. Engaging the students in the work and allowing them to figure out problems on their own will allow for a stronger outcome. Strategies #4 and #5 would stand out most to me and that aspect. We have to engage the children in order to see what they can actually do.


Dylan Williams, 2015,