Definitions of assessment for learning

Andrea explains the key principles of assessment for learning in the quiz feedback on the previous step. To summarise, assessment for learning is where:

  • There is a classroom ethos that values students’ views.
  • Teachers involve students in all stages of making decisions about their learning.
  • Teachers plan to establish students’ starting points, and draw on their subject knowledge and expertise to then teach them accordingly.
  • Students are involved in the process of their own learning, including generating success criteria with the teacher.
  • Teachers plan for how they can gather evidence to tune their teaching and respond to their learners’ needs.
  • Teachers plan why and how they will use questions in advance of the lesson.
  • A range of assessment methods are used to infer student progress and inform planning.

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Planning for Learning: Formative Assessment in Science and Maths

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