Critical Content Supporting Statewide Formative Assessment Practice
Formative assessment is enacted by teachers and students, but successful implementation of formative assessment practices depends on stakeholders at every level of the education system. This presentation described the resources and strategies CSAI developed to support states in establishing common expectations, supportive conditions, and effective capacity-building strategies for scaling up formative assessment. A major part of this work involved a series of webinars with associated implementation support materials. Each webinar targeted one of four levels of practice – state, district, school, and teacher roles – that all worked together to establish common understandings and promote coordinated implementation action. Each webinar addressed definitional clarity, formative assessment within a balanced assessment system, elements of the formative assessment process, and possible implementation strategies customized to the roles at each level.