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Formative Assessment

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT is not about “GOTCHA”… (giving a “pop” quiz to see who studied).

Formative assessment is checking for learning… to identify who has hit the target goal and who needs more intensive help and practice in understanding.  Formative assessment is ongoing all year long.  Formative assessment is not given to produce a “grade”.  It is given to gain information and identify what the student needs next in order to differentiate instruction.

Formative assessment is a range of formal and informal assessments.  It is commonly contrasted with summative assessment which seeks to monitor educational outcomes, such as promotion.  Informal formative assessments may be something as simple as “thumbs up or thumbs down” during classroom instruction to let the teacher know if the student understands…to benchmark assessments which are considered formal formative assessments.

Our students participate in formal benchmark assessments three times a year.  Kindergarten through 8th grade takes the STAR Enterprise assessments in reading and math.   We use the normed reference data from STAR to drive our Glossary Link RTI Tiers, and the criterion reference data to prepare for the TCAP in the spring.  Our students in grades 3 – 8 also take the Study Island assessment in social studies and science.  Because Study Island test the TN standards, we feel the results give us an additional tool to guide our instruction and help us to prepare our students for the state assessments. 

PK students take the Easy CBM Letter Naming assessment to help us gauge their progress.  Finally, all PK – 8 students do writing prompts quarterly to develop and perfect their writing skills.

STAR, Study Island, and Easy CBM

Test #1 – August 15 – August 19

Test #2 – December 5 – December 9

Test #3 – April 3 – April 7