Black’s meta-analysis of research on formative assessment asserts the critical importance of formative assessment. He found that formative assessment has an “effect size of .4 to .7. These effect sizes are larger than most of those found for educational interventions. An effect gain of .7 in recent international comparative studies in math would have raised the score of a nation in the middle of the pack of 41 countries (i.e. the U.S.) to one of the top five.”
Implementing formative assessment involves these issues:
– It will require a significant change in classroom practice (more focus on formative assessments based on the standards)
– Students have to be actively involved in their learning and their own assessment.
– The results of formative assessment will be used to adjust teaching and learning.
“Do I really know enough about the understanding of my pupils to be able to help each of them?”
Do you? How do you use technology to guide you in collecting and analyzing formative assessment?
Black, P., & Wiliam, D. (1998). Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Phi Delta Kappan, 80(2), 139-148. http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/kbla9810.htm
© Harry Grover Tuttle, 2007