Anyone – teacher, learner, or peer – can be the agent of formative assessment. (Wiliam, 8 pag.)
I wonder if we have a common understanding of formative assessment. I like the following from Dylan Wiliam and Paul Black (2009).
…evidence elicited, interpreted, and used…to make decisions…
How might we empower every learner in our community to act as an agent of formative assessment? What if we all use evidence of student learning to make decisions about next steps?
What if we team to clarify and share learning intentions and success criteria? How might we diagnose where learners are and start from there? While we already offer some feedback, what if we are intentional about the messaging in our feedback? Do learners know where they are now and where we want them to go next?
The third strategy emphasizes the teacher’s role in providing feedback to the students that tells them not only where they are but also what steps they need to take to move their learning forward. (Wiliam, 11 pag.)
How might we increase the frequency of feedback loops to offer feedback in the moment rather than the next day?
But the biggest impact happens with “short-cycle” formative assessment, which takes place not every six to ten weeks but every six to ten minutes, or even every six to ten seconds. (Wiliam, 9 pag.)
If we want the biggest impact, we need help. Are our learning intentions and success criteria clear and visible to learners? Do we offer moments for self- and peer-assessment? How might we grow in our ability to give high quality feedback that enables learners to move forward?
If anyone can be an agent of formative assessment, how might we team to offer big impact?
Wiliam, Dylan, and Siobhán Leahy. Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for F-12 Classrooms. West Palm Beach, FL: Learning Sciences, 2015. Print.