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What is assessment for learning?

posted Oct 2, 2017, 12:01 PM by kdaniels@isd911.org   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 12:52 PM ]
Assessment for Learning is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there.

Assessment for Learning is also known as formative assessment.

Why should we provide feedback to students and how do we prepare students to take the feedback? 

We use formative assessment to find out what students have learned. Sometimes we discover students did not learn what we wanted them to learn because students often make sense of ideas in different ways than teachers had planned. When teachers discover this, they need to provide feedback to get the learners back on the planned path of learning. 

Creating a culture where students know it is acceptable to struggle, and even fail, is essential in the feedback process. With a healthy feedback oriented classroom, students take feedback and learn from it rather than looking at teacher’s feedback as a sign that they aren’t smart enough to master the content.