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ERIC Number: EJ940559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
The (Missing) Link between Instruction and Assessment
Gurvitch, Rachel; Lund, Jackie
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v25 n1 p32-34 Sep-Oct 2011
Many physical educators understand the important role formative assessment has on their teaching and student learning outcomes. However, when carefully examining different physical education settings they learn instruction is oftentimes disconnected from assessment. When talking about assessment, educators first need to distinguish between the two major constructs of 1) summative assessment and 2) formative assessment. Summative assessment is assessment of learning; it is the type of assessment that signifies what students have accomplished and is used to calculate a final grade. In contrast, formative assessment is assessment for learning. It is used to provide teachers with feedback about what students need to practice or learn in order to reach the desired levels of competency. The intent of this column is to focus teachers' attention on the construct of formative assessment. Specifically, the authors wish to encourage teachers to find the "missing" link between instruction and students' learning and consider formative assessment as an essential component of each lesson. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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