ERIC Number: EJ785349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Reclaiming an Important Teacher Competency: The Lost Art of Formative Assessment
Gareis, Christopher R.
Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, v20 n1-2 p17-20 Jun 2007
We live in an era in which standardized assessments play a necessary and important role in the mission of our public schools to provide equal and equitable educational opportunity to all students. However, our focus on summative accountability measures often has an eclipsing effect on the equally important role of formative assessment practices in the classroom. This article describes why and how formative assessment should be integral to classroom teaching, and it suggests the importance of focusing on teachers' instructionally-based, formative assessment competencies through our teacher evaluation systems.
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Accountability, Educational Opportunities, Teacher Competencies, Students, Public Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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