• The Formative Assessment Process

    Formative assessment is a planned, ongoing process used by all students and teachers during learning and teaching to elicit and use evidence of student learning to improve student understanding of intended disciplinary learning outcomes and support students to become more self-directed learners.   
    (CCSSO FAST SCASS Austin, Texas June 2017)

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Connecting to Michigan's Top 10 in 10

  • The Formative Assessment process used by students and teachers in an effective and intended manner connects to the following Top 10 in 10 Strategic Goals:
    Strategic Goal 2 Implement, with strong district and building leadership, high-quality instruction in every classroom through a highly coherent, child-centered instructional model where students meet their self-determined academic and personal goals to their highest potential.       
    Strategic Goal 3 Develop, support and sustain a high-quality, prepared, and collaborative education workforce.
    Strategic Goal 4 Reduce the impact of high-risk factors, including poverty, and provide equitable resources to meet the needs of all students to ensure that they have access to quality educational opportunities.

Extending Learning Opportunities

  • It is recommended that the deepest applications of the formative assessment process occur in learning opportunities that are job embedded and collaborative.

    Each is a long-term, supported learning experience that provides opportunity to learn, implement, and reflect on teaching and learning.

  • Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME)

    MDE's Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME) since 2008 has provided professional learning opportunities for teams of educators, led by a coach, to develop, read about, implement, and reflect on the formative assessment process. Teams are developed locally and share multiple configurations of members. Learning teams are provided a learning guide and access to a FAME resource website and encouraged to stay together for up to three years. 

  • Michigan Formative Assessment Academy 2017-2018

    The Michigan Math and Science Centers Network offered a series of virtual learning opportunities for educators to learn and share math and science formative assessment strategies. 

Emerging Applications

Becoming Aware

  • The resources below provide a beginning understanding of the formative assessment process. The purpose is information only. Used by itself, this background information is not likely to enhance formative assessment practices.

  • Formative Assessment process Overview Module

    This 15-20 minute module provides an overview of the formative assessment process and its essential components and elements that contribute to successful implementation.

  • Revising the Definition of Formative Assessment PDF icon
  • CCSSO Vignettes PDF icon

    This document shares some classroom examples of formative assessment in practice. The vignettes are very short descriptions of formative assessment, some of which represent formative practices and some do not.

  • Inside the Black Box PDF icon

    Companion article by Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam based on the influential research on formative assessment. 

  • MAC ALN Formative Assessment Feb. 2017 PDF icon

    Written by the Michigan Assessment Consortium as a summary description of formative assessment.

  • MAC Assessment Literacy Standards PDF icon

    The Michigan State Board of Education endorsed in May 2016 a set of assessment literacy standards for administrators, teachers, students and parents, and policymakers.

  • CCSSO Formative Assessment Next Generation Assessment System PDF icon

    Margaret Heritage describes why it is critical to make the distinction that formative assessment is not a tool but a process as part of effective teaching and learning.