When teachers practice high-quality assessment for learning, student progress accelerates. Few education interventions have come as close to having the same impact as assessment for learning through high-quality formative instructional practices.
Formative instruction is a process, both formal and informal, that teachers and students use to know where they are now, where they need to go and how to close the learning gap. It involves a commitment to:
• Providing a clear and understandable vision of the learning target or intended learning.
• Sharing examples and models of strong and weak work.
• Providing regular descriptive feedback.
• Teaching students to self-assess and set learning goals.
• Designing lessons to focus on one aspect of quality at a time.
• Teaching students focused revision.
• Engaging students in self-reflection.