Formative Assessment Systems: Evaluating the Fit between School Districts' Needs and Assessment Systems' Characteristics

This study describes how districts search for and acquire formative assessment systems to meet their needs. It focuses on three school districts that adopted three different formative assessment systems. The findings suggest the fit between a system’s characteristics and a school district’s intended use is the most important consideration in instituting a successful formative assessment system that will have a positive impact on teacher education and student learning.

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The findings presented in this resource are incredibly useful for anyone developing or buying a formative assessment program for his or her school. This resource is a must-read for all organizations considering implementation of an assessment system. Overall, this resource is a quick read, with enough details to apply to individual districts' situations.