Assessing in the Classroom

Strategies for Gifted Learners - Fall 2016


  • Determine the differences: pre-assessment, formative, summative
  • How assessments impact gifted students
  • Determine when it is appropriate to use each type with gifted students and how to manage the assessments
  • Learn new assessment procedures through hands-on learning
  • How assessments impact your teaching field

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Before beginning a chapter or unit, consider using pre-assessments. This data can be used to flexibly group your students based on their readiness. You can also use that data for gifted learners and high achievers to "place out" of particular lessons.

Pre-assessment Techniques

What is Formative Assessment?

  • It gives teachers information to drive instruction.
  • Formative assessments provide ongoing feedback.
  • It helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Formative assessments can be quick & easy.

Tools for Formative Assessment

Summatives are Important, Too

Summatives don't always need to be the end of the chapter test. Here are some ideas to consider when you plan a unit.

Ideas for Summatives

Technology Tools for Assessments


Padlet is a virtual wall that allows people to collaborate and express their thoughts on a topic. It works like an online bulletin board where people can post content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the wall.

Use this padlet to introduce yourself to the group. Include your name, what you teach, where you teach, how long you have been in education, and your favorite place to vacation. Include a picture or video of your vacation spot.

Read Assessment Through the Student's Eyes and add a point to ponder to your padlet.

15 Graphic Organizer Backgrounds for Padlet and iPad by Tech Chef 4 U (Lisa Johnson)


Socrative is real time questioning that generates visuals and data collection so that you have a greater understanding of where your students' learning is at. Step-by-step directions and question ideas can be found in this post from Socrative.

Read Seven Practices for Effective Learning.
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Socrative also has an App for most devices!

Go Formative

Formative is a real-time assessment platform.

Read The Best Value in Formative Assessment.

Enter this code, XNQK644, at and click Go.

Click Continue Without Logging In at the bottom of the screen.
Enter your first and last name; click Begin.
Answer the questions. Submit.


EdPuzzle allows users to select a video and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson.

Watch this video with Rick Wormeli on Assessment & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom.

More Tech Apps for Assessment


A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Questions are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.


Quizizz is a fun way to quickly assess student learning through multiplayer quizzes or individual assignments. It's similar to Kahoot, except the questions appear on the students' devices.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a web-based system that can be used both in and outside of the classroom to create multiple-choice or open-answer polls. Results can be posted in a word cloud. Read more about using word clouds in Poll Everywhere here.


Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool that can be used to engage students.

10 Ways to Use Nearpod in the Classroom

Assessment Tools Using 1 Computer or Device


Don't have a device for each students? Then Plickers might be the assessment tool you've been looking for!
You'll need to download the Plickers app onto a device to scan the students' responses.
Read more about Plickers here.
Check out lots of info on Plickers here.


Flippity allows users to create an online Jeopardy-style game show quiz.

Click here for easy directions on how to create a Flippity Game Show Quiz. You can post a picture in the game board by copying the image URL and pasting it in the appropriate cell.

Flippity also has a flashcard module that uses Google Spreadsheets to build the cards.


Flipquiz is a Jeopardy-style game that is great for reviewing information. Divide your class into two teams and start playing! Flipquiz is ideal for interactive whiteboards, but it will work with a computer and a projector.

There are, of course, dozens of digital tools that can be used for assessments. The ones listed on this Smore are a few of my favorites. Check out these links for additional ideas:

Using backchannels is another way to keep an eye on student learning. For more ideas on backchannels, visit 10 Ways to Use Backchannels in Your Classroom.

Giving your students feedback is imperative to their learning. Here are five tools for giving narrative feedback.

Wrapping up the Course

Make sure you've completed all of the tasks list in this Smore. Not everything on the Smore has a task, but there are several resources you may consider using in your classroom.

Complete this Google form by October 28.

In addition to questions from the Rick Wormeli video, you'll need to consider the assessment techniques from this Smore that are new to you that you plan on implementing in your class.