Assessment FOR, AS, and OF Learning1
- Assessment FOR learning (formative assessment) involves the use of information about student progress to support and improve student learning, inform instructional practices, and:
- is teacher-driven for student, teacher, and parent use;
- occurs throughout the teaching and learning process, using a variety of tools; and
- engages teachers in providing differentiated instruction, feedback to students to enhance their learning, and information to families in support of learning.
- Assessment AS learning (formative assessment) actively involves student reflection on learning, monitoring of his/her own progress, and:
- supports students in critically analyzing learning related to curricular outcomes;
- is student-driven with teacher guidance; and
- occurs throughout the learning process.
Assessment FOR and AS learning may address students’ mathematical mindsets as this is a factor that impacts learning.
- Assessment OF learning (formative assessment) involves teachers’ use of evidence of student learning to make judgements about student achievement and
- provides opportunity to report evidence of achievement related to curricular outcomes;
- occurs at the end of a learning cycle using a variety of tools;
- provides the foundation for discussions on placement or promotion. Evaluation compares assessment information against criteria based on curriculum outcomes for the purpose of communicating to students, teachers, families/caregivers, and others about student progress; and to make informed decisions about the teaching and learning process.