Formative Assessment: Balancing Grading and a Focus on Improvement

Many experts say that tasks used for formative assessment should not be graded. Formative assessment is about gauging progress toward a learning goal, giving feedback, and working with students to fill in the gaps. Grading can complicate that process, they argue.

But drawing a line between formative assessment and grading can be tough in the classroom setting. Teachers may get pressure from parents and the district to give grades on student work. And some students may be more likely to complete tasks when they’re scored. In this webinar, an education research professor and an English teacher will discuss why many people say formative assessments and grades shouldn’t mix, and what teachers can do to get around that.

This event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, 4 to 5 p.m. ET.

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Jaci Smith