Formative Instruction

Implementing Formative Instructional Practices and Clear Learning Targets to Accelerate Student Learning

Transforming practice through formative instruction is a powerful way to close the achievement gap. To enhance the pre-existing benchmark assessments used in various districts, Battelle for Kids is providing support to deepen K–12 public school teachers' understanding of formative instructional practices and build understanding of balanced assessment systems.

Formative instruction is a process, formal and informal, that teachers and students use to know where they are now, where they need to go and how to close the learning gap. It involves a commitment to:

  • Providing a clear and understandable vision of the learning target or intended learning.
  • Sharing examples and models of strong and weak work.
  • Providing regular descriptive feedback.
  • Teaching students to self-assess and set learning goals.
  • Designing lessons to focus on one aspect of quality at a time.
  • Teaching students focused revision.
  • Engaging students in self-reflection.

With value-added results available at both the school and teacher levels, the data can begin to be used to identify opportunities and leverage areas of strength. All TPS educators have access to a series of online courses grounded in leading experts’ formative instructional practices and principles and provide you with information and instructional resources to implement sound assessment practices.

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