Examples of Formative Assessment with Live Polling

Examples of Formative Assessment with Live Polling

If you’ve participated in any educational professional development training in the last couple of years, then there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term “formative assessment.” I can personally attest that it’s easy to forget the actual definition of such a term. The lexicon of educational strategies is ripe with “buzz” words rattled off in conversations between educators, the true understanding of their meaning often hazy. Sometimes its hard to dissect the efficacy of new teaching strategies. After all, the weekly cycle of planning, instructing, and assessing provides little time for casual experimentation with every “pedagogical technique du jour.” So, you may find yourself asking, “What is formative assessment?”

Standardized Test Items

Standardized Test Items

This article was updated on February 1, 2014. Most of the classes I teach are capped by state-wide standardized tests.  If you’re a teacher, then chances are you also find yourself “teaching to the test.”  States spend lots of time and money designing the questions featured on these assessments.  Fortunately, many of these questions are released on the internet for teachers to use. I’ve searched my share of state testing websites looking for questions that align to what I’m teaching.  I find them useful in designing assessments that have the “feel” of the test the students will face at the end of the year.  I’ve searched the web many times for standardized test questions, but have never been overly satisfied with the results.  Needless to say, I was happy stumble upon a website with a neat little tool.  The website www.stemresources.com features a Standardized Test Item Finders page.  I hope you find it useful. Update (2/4/13): The links on the website referenced in the original article are no longer working. Fortunately, you can find a similar index on the website SchoolQuest.org. Image Credit: Alberto...