Productive Formative Assessment Always Requires Local District Preparation
This chapter makes the case for balanced assessment systems and argues that the productive use of assessment for formative and improvement purposes always requires local district action. The authors describe seven essential actions for local districts:
Balance assessment systems,
Continue to refine achievement expectations,
Assure assessment quality,
Help learners be assessors,
Communicate to support and to certify learning,
Motivate students with learning success, and
Provide a foundation of assessment literacy.
Note that this chapter is part of an edited book: Stiggins, R., & Chappuis, S. (2013). Productive formative assessment always requires local district preparation. In R. Lissitz (Ed.), Informing the practice of teaching using formative and interim assessment: A systems approach (pp. 237-247). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. For more information on the book, please visit the publisher’s website.