From Formative Assessment to Assessment FOR Learning:
A Path to Success in Standards-Based Schools
Recent articles, particularly those by Rick Stiggins, are highlighting the need to actively involve the students in the formative assessment process.
Although the Assessment for Learning approach still is far from really bringing the student into the FA process, Assessment for Learning is an important step in the right direction.
In the Assessment for Learning approach, students are made aware of expected achiements from the beginning. Students partner with their teacher to continuously monitor their levels of attainment and students play a role in communicating evidence of learning to peers, to their teacher, and to their families. This approach really focuses on informing students about their own learning.
Bloom understood how important student involvement was but he didn’t spend enough time explaining it. We feel that the article is a step in the right direction and well worth the read.