Pre-Assessment is such an important part of each lesson. Students have varying levels of understanding of a concept. Discovering what they already know and identifying gaps can save instructional time. Furthermore, through pre-assessment, we can also discover if students lack the necessary skills and background knowledge to be ready for new content. Formative assessment should be gathered continuously during a lesson. This provides the data necessary to regroup our students or differentiate accordingly. In this section you will explore different pre-assessment as well as formative assessment strategies and share your findings.

Step 1 - Assessment in Action: Watch the video to see an example of formative assessment in a classroom setting. For a clear overview of formative assessment, click here to read chapter 1 of W. James Popham's book, Transformative Assessment.

Step 2 - Activity: In addition to the resources found at the bottom of this page, there are several strategies that have been compiled for you in this section. Working as a group, you will have 10 minutes to review the strategies listed in this section and then decide which would capture meaningful data that can be used to differentiate instruction.

Step 3 - Share what you found: Enter a strategy in the Google form that you feel captures meaningful data that can be used to differentiate instruction.

If you prefer to read the script for this Voki, click here.



Review the strategies as a group and then decide which capture meaningful data that can be used to differentiate instruction.

Click here to visit the assessment strategies page.


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