Icon for: Erin Furtak


University of Colorado Boulder


NSF Awards: 0953375

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Graduate, Adult learners

This video gives an overview of the Formative Assessment Design Cycle, a five-step approach that teacher learning communities can follow as they explore student thinking, design formative assessment tools, practice using those tools, enact them in their classrooms, and then gather together to determine next steps for instruction. The video then summarizes results of a four-year research study in which teachers at three partner schools engaged with the Formative Assessment Design Cycle while teaching about natural selection. In this study, teachers worked iteratively with a learning progression for natural selection to underlie their design and enactment of formative assessments, and we then return to that learning progression to explore results of student learning.

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