Has Formative Assessment Been Hijacked?
Renee Moore wants teachers to reclaim formative assessment from the role of ongoing standardized test prep:
Constantly, analyzing what my students are learning, where they are needing additional support, where they need more challenge, what teaching adjustments I need to make are the core professional decisions that determine the ebb and flow of my teaching life. Make no mistake, these are professional judgments. Formative assessment is not giving a series of mini-standardized tests to see how close we are to being ready for the BIG test. But sadly, this is what it has been reduced to in too many classrooms and schools.