The purpose of using formative assessments is to monitor student comprehension of new or existing instructional content while providing timely and specific feedback in an effort to improve learning outcomes.
Educators collect evidence in real time that helps identify understanding on a topic. This information can be anonymously gathered or identifiable and is used to inform the instructional plan moving forward.
Unlike summative assessments, formative assessments are assessments for learning.
|Following the introduction of new material or procedure, index cards are passed out and students write down at least one practical application for what they have just learned.
|Students are asked to respond to the prompt, "What was the muddiest point in (the lecture, the demonstration, the article, the instructional video, etc.)"?
|Open-ended or multiple-choice questions are presented to students to prompt thinking or reflection.