This article focuses on one aspect of teaching: formative assessment, and provides evidence that formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work The article suggests that teachers and students must directly implement formative assessment in the classroom in order to raise standards of achievement. The article reviews different ways in which formative assessment can be improved, and offers four steps to implementing improvement strategies.
This article addresses the issues, questions, situations, and needs of teachers and students who want to successfully implement formative assessment in the classroom. The article provides extensive evidence from research that illustrates the effectiveness of formative assessment. This useful, applicable article has been referenced in subsequent formative assessment studies.