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Formative Assessment and Next-Generation Assessment Systems: Are We Losing an Opportunity?

Author(s)Margaret Heritage
Publication dateNovember 2010
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This report argues that we are at risk of losing the promise that formative assessment holds for teaching and learning. The core problem lies in the false, but nonetheless widespread, assumption that formative assessment is a particular kind of measurement instrument, rather than a process that is fundamental and indigenous to the practice of teaching and learning. This distinction is critical, not only for understanding how formative assessment functions, but also for realizing its promise for our students and our society.

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