In this video Marie distinguishes assessments from standardized testing, and connects assessments to unit planning and student performance.
The purpose of contemporary education has evolved from identifying students with particular skills for jobs, to cultivating favorable conditions for all students to develop...

When considering assessments, choosing between those which are common versus comparable depends on how the assessment is going to be used.
In this video Marie distinguishes between formative assessment and formative instruction. Formative assessments primarily provide learners with feedback on progress...

How do formative and summative assessments differ? Formative assessments are for the student. It's data that helps to identify what they know and what they need to practice. Summative assessments however, provide information to teachers, administrators and parents, about how much a student has learned as of a particular point in time.
How do we ensure balanced and effective assessments in the classroom? Target to method alignment includes four targets to be assessed: knowledge, reasoning, performance skills and products, and four assessment method types: selected response, essay, performance assessment and personal communication.

In this video Marie discusses Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) model for leveling questions, assessments and performance tasks. Using the Chocolate Chip Cookie Model she explains the four levels - 1) Recall, 2)Skill/Concept, 3) Strategic Thinking and 4) Extended Thinking.
Based on the work of Rick Stiggins, the 3 part formative assessment includes the teachers descriptive feedback, the students learning plan and possible learning strategies.

Based on the work of Rick Stiggins, we like to consider a balanced approach to assessments. We see formative assessment as a tool FOR learning, and summative assessment as a measure OF learning.

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