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Assessing to Inform Our Teaching

According to a recent blog by researcher John Hattie, “Far and away the most effective teaching intervention we found was what I call "visible learning": raising the quality of the feedback teachers receive about their impact. Expert teachers assess the visible impact they have on their students, constantly monitor learning and seek feedback about their teaching, and then evaluate and adjust their teaching methods based on these findings. Teachers show students how to self-assess their own performance, and discuss how they can improve. These are the major influences for raising achievement.”

This is a great description of formative assessment. I would love to hear teachers' stories about how their teaching moves are guided by their daily observations of students as well as listening to their reasoning.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Assessment CoP