Formative assessment, a range of informal and formal assessments teachers can use to modify instruction to better meet students’ needs, can be used in any subject or with any age group, making it an indispensible tool for teachers as they plan instruction and foster student achievement. In this course, participants will learn how to use formative assessments to quickly and effectively assess student learning. Participants will gain concrete, actionable strategies to analyze and apply formative data to both modify instruction and provide students with insight into their own learning and progress.


The course provides participants with best practices for how to use Bloom’s Taxonomy to develop higher-order questioning techniques, how to harness students’ Multiple Intelligences profiles to differentiate instruction and assessment, and how to make connections between lesson/unit topics, objectives, and robust assessment strategies. Finally, this course provides strategies for enhancing the school success of exceptional learners through effective formative assessments. Participants will also learn how to support and encourage special needs students, English Language Learners, and gifted/talented students by implementing assessments and feedback processes that best foster these students’ personal and academic needs.