Formative Assessment Professional Learning Resources
This link provides access to the FAST SCASS Theory of Action around formative assessment. This theory of action identifies the important levels of the system including students, classes, district, communities and the state. The theory of action also diagrams an ecological theory of action. The diagram shows the five levels of the system and illustrates how students are nested within classes, which are in turn nested within the district and so on. This theory of action is the perfect starting point for any level of the system that is designing a systemic approach to formative assessment implementation. To support site and individual teacher growth in the area of formative assessment, this section includes multiple online resources that will assist professional growth through self and peer reflection. Formative Assessment Insights Course – OER – Oregon Department of Education The Oregon Department of Education with support from Margaret Heritage and WestEd have produced and Open Education Resource of the Formative Assessment Insights Course.
The name of the OER course is OFAST for Oregon Formative Assessments for Students and Teachers. Access begins by completing a survey.
The learning Design and Learning Map for the course are attached to the initial survey link. This is an outstanding resource for educators to start with foundational and common language around formative assessment as a process. Formative Assessment for Use in a PLC – Oregon Department of Education These resources introduce formative assessment practices developed for use in an established PLC. These resources can also serve as an on ramp for the full formative assessment course (OFAST).
FARROP – Using the Formative Assessment Rubrics, Reflection and Observation Tools to Support Professional Reflection on Practice (CCSSO, 2016)
The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines and resources for use in observations and reflections on formative assessment. This document addresses the section on:
- Background information on formative assessment
- Discussion of the value of informal self-reflection or peer observations as a way to improve formative assessment practice
- A set of rubrics for ten dimensions of formative assessment practice
- Guidelines for how to use both the self-reflection and peer observation tools.
FARROP – Online modules There are FARROP online modules to assist educators with their foundational knowledge around the 10 dimensions of formative assessment. There are 9 online modules. The modules begin with an introductory session and continue through all dimensions including lessons for reviewing videos and utilizing the rubrics to score the evidence of a dimension you observe. The modules follow a self-enrollment process. It is a great idea to review the FARROP Training Courses quick Reference Handout prior to enrollment. The table provides the course title and the estimated time for completion of each online module.
Learning Goals and Criteria for Success
Tasks and Activities and Questioning Strategies 120 min 4
Peer Feedback, Self-Assessment and Collaboration 120 min 5
Feedback Loops, Descriptive Feedback and Use of Evidence 120 min 6
Giving and Receiving Feedback 60 min 7
Scoring Lessons Across 10 Dimensions 150 min 8
Reflecting on More Lessons 150 min 9
Using the Elevate System 60 min
FARROP – Online Modules – Facilitator Guide The FARROP Facilitator Guide is to provide guidance for school principals, teachers, coaches or professional developers as they explore using the FARROP. The goal of this document is to support initial learning opportunities and to support continued school-level learning throughout the year. You should read through the entire FARROP document before you begin to read this document. Please review this Facilitator Guide before you complete the training modules. This document will help to provide a foundation to the training modules.
CSAI Resources – The Center on Standards & Assessment Implementation Formative Assessment In Action The Formative Assessment in Action Spotlight aims to provide educators with resources that support learning about the formative assessment process. The spotlight includes one-page excerpts highlighting key ideas in formation assessment, classroom videos that showcase formative assessment in action, and opportunities to deepen learning about formative assessment.
CSAI-Developed Curriculum and Instruction Resources
CSAI has developed a series of resources to assist teachers and those who support teachers to plan teaching and learning. These resources focus on planning for Mathematics and ELA instruction. They illustrate important classroom contexts for student learning and processes to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of the new standards. These resources include a user guide for Education Leaders.