This article offers some great tips and tricks for formative assessment.
Chris Ward’s fifth graders have been practicing long division for most of the period. While some understand it well, others are still struggling. Tomorrow, Chris wants to offer appropriate choices to enable students to practice what they need, so today she’ll use a quick check-in—a simple formative assessment—to determine those choices.
There’s a dilemma here, however. If she uses an assessment targeted at the middle of the group, she’ll miss key information.