National Writing Project

Finding Your Way with Formative Assessment

Date: June 26, 2014

Summary: A conversation with Terri McAvoy, Prairie Lands Writing Project, and Beth Rimer, Ohio Writing Project, who explore formative assessment as a way to guide professional development, drawing on their new eBook, Formative Assessment as a Compass. They were joined by Kim Douillard, director of the San Diego Writing Project.


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Beth Rimer on the usefulness of formative assessment:

There's lots of ways that teachers have mapped out their teaching, but the formative assessment, or looking at student work, is like that compass that's always true: it doesn't get you lost, or take you down a dead-end road. Student work doesn't lie, so like a compass, it keeps showing you that true north."

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