By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Whether you call them checkpoints, milestones, or formative assessments, the purpose is the same: to gauge your students’ understanding of the material along the way to the BIG evaluation–the exam, the project, the final draft.
Formative assessments come in many shapes and sizes. They can be quizzes, one-minute essays, rough drafts, research journals, discussions, mini presentations, or a host of other activities. And, to some extent, we all probably use them. In the video below, however, Tim Xeriland summarizes a bit of research that can help inform how we use them. He answers such questions as Do formative assessments actually improve learning? and Should formative assessments be graded?