State education agencies (SEAs) need more strategies and tools to support districts, teachers, and school leaders in establishing formative assessment processes in classrooms. By implementing ongoing formative assessment at the classroom level, educators can check for students’ understanding along the way, make timely modifications to instruction, and give critical feedback to students for improvement before a final assessment. Students can also assess their own progress toward college and career readiness and initiate their own strategies to bolster academic growth. To address this need, the Central Comprehensive Center (C3), South Central Comprehensive Center (SC3), and Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation (CSAI) continue to support states throughout both regions.
C3, SC3, and CSAI sponsored a two-day professional learning opportunity in January 2016 for over 30 SEA participants. During the meeting, state teams drafted goals and action plans to provide targeted college and career ready standards (CCRS) instruction and formative assessment resources to their districts and schools. Since this meeting, the states below have integrated more formative assessment practices with the support of C3, SC3, and CSAI.
C3 and SC3 are currently assisting SEAs in all seven states with formative assessment needs by sponsoring the Formative Assessment Bi-regional Advisory Board (FAB-RAB). The FAB-RAB is a Community of Learners that shares recommendations on regional resources and discusses common challenges SEAs face in furthering formative assessment best practices within districts and schools. Members are currently planning a series of informative webinars entitled, “Setting the Stage for Formative Assessment." C3 and SC3 will design and deliver each webinar to reach key influencers (SEA staff members, district leadership, school administrators, and classroom teachers) in widespread enactment of formative assessment.
C3 and SC3 continue to support SEAs in CCRS implementation through the formative assessment process. The expected long-term outcome includes regional improvement of instructional practices, as demonstrated by student growth toward achievement of CCRS. State leaders can now envision the powerful impact formative assessment practices can have when developing a personalized, well-rounded education for all students.