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Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels

The FAST SCASS has identified a modest collection of the labels that are currently used to describe various educational assessment types. Assessment, in the view of FAST SCASS, includes more than traditional paper-and-pencil testing, although paper-and-pencil tests do, indeed, represent one useful way for educators to arrive at inferences about students' current knowledge and skills. In a context of formative assessment, evidence gathering may range from dialogic conversations that enable teachers to elicit student thinking, to student peer- or selfassessment, to the completion of elaborate, extended-duration tasks.

Contact:Adam Petermannadam.petermann@ccsso.org202-336-7076