Rick begins the video series with brief definitions of assessment in general and formative assessment in particular; that is, the use of classroom assessment practices to support student learning success.
Formative Assessment Interview Series
Rick responds to a series of 11 questions about formative assessment practices posted to him by the Alberta Assessment consortium. The video segments can be viewed as order here, reordered as needed, or viewed selectively.
Both applications serve important purposes, but those purposes are different. One seeks to help students learn more while the other serves to certify level of attainment.
Rick outlines the elements of truly balanced local assessment systems; that is, systems that meet the information needs of all assessment users/instructional decision makers from the classroom to the boardroom.
Rapid changes in our society necessitate that schools produce students capable of adapting the rapid changes in their professional and personal lives; they must be capable lifelong learners.
Rick describes how to use formative assessment practices effectively in the classroom, detailing 5 keys to quality and highlighting the importance of student involvement in the ongoing assessment of their own achievement as they grow.
Rick addresses the emotional dynamics of the assessment experience from the student’s point of view. Those dynamics reveal that learners benefit from partnering with their teacher in ongoing formative assessment as they grow.