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I think I may have stumbled across a formative assessment treasure trove.
new term for formative assessment: "assessment for learning" (AFL)
I like that term pretty well, although I think I'll stick with "low stakes formative assessment" here in Irvington, because of the middle school's preoccupation with the 'high stakes' state tests.
However, if you're Googling formative assessment, you need to know the term "assessment for learning."
Here's another page dedicated to assessment for learning, which includes the characteristics of AFL.
Oddly, no one seems to be mentioning the importance of docking 20 points for not showing all of your work because it's consistent with NY state.
formative versus summative assessment (Princeton Review)
formative and summative assessment (Central Michigan University)
-- CatherineJohnson - 09 Apr 2006
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