Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading, T&L 2900

For educators to design instruction that advances all their students' achievement, they must be able to design assessments that fully illuminate what their students are learning. To grade their students fairly and productively, educators also need to know how to track student progress through detailed descriptors of the essential skills and knowledge their students must learn. Most educators struggle with these issues, however; grades can be inconsistent from teacher to teacher, department to department, or student to student and teachers cannot always adequately communicate to parents how their children's grades are determined. Marzano Research Lab's expert presenters cofounder and CEO Dr. Robert J. Marzano and Vice President Dr. Tammy Heflebower walk course participants through the research and theories that support what kind of feedback, assessment, and grading students need to help them learn; how to construct those assessments; how to create rubric-based scales to inform both formative and summative assessments; and how to monitor and affect their students' progress. Interviews with teachers and students, classroom footage, workshop activities, presentation, and the accompanying text bring to life this critical subject for educators who aspire to provide the kind of responses and guidance to their students that keep them highly engaged in their learning and making steady progress toward meaningful and purposeful achievement.

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