The North Smithfield School Department has developed a “Formative Assessment - Resident Expert Team" of teachers to study, research and compile resources about formative assessment practices and strategies to enhance instruction and student learning. We are grateful for the work and commitment of our teachers: Jessica Phaneuf, Lindsay Brooks, Jaclyn Cunningham, Kelly Hubacz, Bernadette Hawkins and Tracy Lafreniere. The team will share knowledge and resources during faculty meetings, via this "NS Formative Assessment Blog" and will also create a “formative assessment” library of resources located in a faculty lunch room within each building.
The Formative Assessment Professional Development course is currently available to all Rhode Island educators through RIDEmap. To access the modules, please log into RIDEmap and select the blue Formative Assessment PD link on the right side of the page.
We are using a blended learning approach, which combines interactive online modules with facilitated Communities of Practice at the school level. The online modules will include direct instruction, testimony from RI educators, video models of practice, assessments of learning, required readings, and extension activities.
I look forward to working with this talented group of teachers and will certainly keep you all posted with updates and information.
Formative Assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students' achievement of intended instructional outcomes.