This blog from IMPROVING TEACHING is a must read! It brings to our attention that AfL is under scrutiny and being challenged by some in the educational arena. For me, AfL underpins great teaching and great outcomes for children. Is it always carried out effectively? Therein lies the challenge [IMHO]! I would suggest to anyone struggling with what great AfL looks like… get yourself into EYFS because they have nailed it!!
A reminder of why assessment for learning is so important? (Click link for source)
Classroom-based research has shown that assessment for learning makes a difference to both pupils’ attainment and their levels
of engagement and motivation.
In Assessment for Learning – Beyond the black box (1999), the Assessment Reform Group usefully identifies the key characteristics of effective assessment for learning.
Assessment for learning:
– is embedded in a view of teaching and learning of which it is an essential part;
– involves sharing learning goals with pupils;
– aims to help pupils to know and to recognise the standards they are aiming for;
– involves pupils in peer and self-assessment;
– involves feedback which leads to pupils recognising their next steps and how to take them;
– involves both the teacher and pupils reviewing and reflecting on assessment information and data.
Assessment for learning depends crucially on teachers and pupils actually using the information gained to benefit future learning.
(Quality Improvement Agency)
Improving Teaching proposes seven principles of formative assessment:
1.Determine exactly what students need to know and be able to do.
2. Align every aspect of lessons to their purpose.
3. Show students what’s expected.
4. Respond to students’ understanding between lessons.
5. Respond to students’ understanding within lessons.
6. Provide feedback which causes improvement.
7. Guide refinement.
What do you think? Join the conversation!
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