Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides explicit feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended instructional outcomes.1

This is a strategy that should be happening on a daily basis to guide instruction during a lesson. Formative assessment allows teachers and students to gain an understand of where they are in relationship to where they need to be.

Below are some formative assessments strategies/tools that can be used in a classroom:


Formative is a web-based student-response and assessment tool for the flipped, BYOD, or 1-to-1 classroom. Teachers can upload or create assignments that let students type, enter numbers, draw (with a mouse or their finger, depending on the device), upload an image, or answer multiple-choice questions.

Teachers can create classes by giving students a class code or importing from Google Classroom, and then distribute their assignments to students through classes (including Google Classroom) or via an access code. Students can use accounts (which allows teachers to track their progress over time) or choose to respond without logging in. Teachers can watch their students' responses arrive in real time via the teacher dashboard, and teachers can send back grades (manually our automatically) and also send longer narrative responses in reply.

Socrative can be used as either a formative or summative assessment tool. As a formative assessment tool you can ask questions on the fly and receive immediate feedback. This is valuable information to guide your instruction during class.

As a summative assessment tool, you can create a test that students access and take on their Chromebooks. The questions and answers can be randomized so students are not answering the same questions. This also gives you immediate results once the students submit the assessment.

Watch an overview below:

Here a step-by-step presentation created by Tim Jones:


Nearpod is an interactive presentation and assessment tool that can be used to amazing effect in the classroom. The app's concept is simple. A teacher can create presentations that can contain Quiz's, Polls, Videos, Images, Drawing-Boards, Web Content and so on. Here is another link to check out:

EDpuzzle is an incredible-easy-to-use video platform that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement and improve student learning through video lessons. EDpuzzle also collects data as students watch and interact with the video .

. Students can make their own flash cards, or choose from millions of flash cards sets created by others. But that’s just the beginning – once you’ve got flashcards, you can use several study modes including multiple choice tests and study games. You can add images and listen to audio, and even study on the go with one of dozens of Quizlet-compatible mobile apps.

Quizizz allows you to conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way for students of all ages . This includes: student-paced, public quizizz which you can use for your own, reports and more.

A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.

1. McManus, S. (2006). "Attributes of Effective Formative Assessment." Accessed March 20, 2009 from The Council of Chief State School Officers website. Website:

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