- Transitioning curriculum and instruction
- Evaluating and supporting educators
To many of today's teachers, assessment is synonymous with high-states standardized tests. But there is an entirely different kind of assessment that can actually transform both teaching and learning. The CCSSO Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST) SCASS collaborates on strengthening state formative assessment initiatives to improve student performance on the common core standards.
Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes (FAST SCASS, October 2006). As can be seen, formative assessment is a process, not a "thing."
Four state FAST SCASS participants will present their states' approaches to formative assessment dissemination and their interaction with other states. Margaret Heritage, the FAST SCASS Coordinator, will discuss the broader context and consequences of these diverse efforts, and their implications for future practice.