ERIC Number: EJ750298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Tough Choices in Designing a Formative Assessment System
Sharkey, Nancy S.; Murnane, Richard J.
American Journal of Education, v112 n4 p572-588 Aug 2006
A growing number of school districts in the United States are introducing formative assessment systems to measure student skills in core subjects throughout the year. The underlying logic is that providing teachers with timely information on student skills will enable them to improve instruction and better prepare students to excel on high-stakes, state-mandated tests. This article describes lessons learned from one large urban district's attempts to implement a formative assessment system. Based on interviews with teachers and administrators, the article sheds light on the difficult choices educators face in choosing formative assessments and deciding how to use them.
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Design Preferences, Test Construction, Urban Education, Instructional Improvement, School Districts, Teacher Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Performance Factors, Decision Making, Evaluation Research
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Identifiers - Location: United States