The first step in developing good formative assessments is truly understanding what they are and how the differ from their summative counterparts. This infographic clearly identifies the differences between the two types of assessment.
This article by the Great School Partnership explains formative assessment in layman's terms and the different ways in which it can be used. The specific examples it provides are especially helpful. Toward the end of the article, it includes an interesting discussion of ideas related to this form of assessment that have been debated by educators in recent years.
At its core, formative assessment is all about checking for understanding. This document lists a whopping 53 different ways to check to see if students are comprehending the material allowing a teacher to adjust instruction as necessary.
Anyone who thinks formative assessment is simply the boring question-and-answer technique needs to read this blog post from Edutopia! It discusses how games can be used not only for student engagement but also to formatively assess their comprehension. It also covers assessment "around the game" in addition to the regular assessment "within the game."
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If you are ready for a deeper dive into formative assessment, this book published by ASCD is for you. After covering fundamentals, it discusses how to use this kind of assessment before, during, and after instruction. It goes on to cover how to use the assessment to improve both teaching and learning, and the appendix contains a useful glossary of essential terms related to assessment.
This light-hearted, engaging modern video uses frequently changing speakers and graphics to provide three essential tips for formative assessment. The best part is that all three deal not with the assessment itself but with what the teacher needs to do AFTER the assessment.