Great Interview about Formative Assessment

Franki Sibberson chats with Jennifer Serravallo about formative assessment in this podcast. Jennifer is the author of The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook, Grades 3-6: Four Steps for Turning Assessment Data into Goal-Directed Instruction.

In the interview, Jennifer makes an important point. “Too often — I was guilty of this myself, too — but too often I see this kind of assess, score, stack on the desk.  It’s like this assess, score, and pile it away cycle, where we’re doing all this collecting, but it’s really a dead end, and then assessments become burdens to the teacher because there’s really no point to that kind of assessment.  So instead I think that teachers need to assess only when they have time to and interest in evaluating that assessment and then it has to lead to teaching.”

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