Overview of Formative Assessments

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Curriculum-based assessment

The use of classroom activities and teacher- and peer-interactions to assess children’s understanding

Differentiated instruction

Providing individual children with instruction that matches their readiness to learn that material

Formative assessment

Monitoring children’s progress to better understand how to support their development


Collections of children’s work, observations, and notes/checklists that provide information on children’s ongoing development

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This article asserts that flexible assessment plays a central role in successful education. Flexible assessment includes careful attention to each child's productions, close observation of their behavior, and flexible interviewing of individual children.

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