AfL – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As we delve deeper into quality formative assessment practices, invariably, questions arise. This page is dedicated to taking those frequent, and occasionally mind-bending, questions educators have, and attempting to answer them with as much clarity as possible. The questions listed below are certainly not exhaustive, and will be added to as the network continues in its' goal of broadening and strengthening opportunities for authentic conversation across Canada.

Q: What is formative assessment?

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Q: What makes an assessment formative?

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Q: What are some examples of effective formative assessment practices?

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Q: How is the formative assessment process different than summative and interim assessment?

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Q: What is best practice regarding formative assessment practices, grading, and homework?

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Q: How can homework be used formatively?

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Q: How can I make sure my students are using the feedback I provide to advance their learning?

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Q: What if a student shows a solid understanding of the learning target within my formative practice, but does NOT within the classroom summative assessment (chapter test, end of unit test, etc.)?

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Q: What are “common formative assessments”? How are they different than formative assessment practices?

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Q: How much time does the formative assessment process take? How do I find time in my schedule to use it my classroom?

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Q: What should I look for if I am purchasing a “formative assessment” commercial product to use in my classroom?

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