Discipline-Based Education Research Group


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DBER Group Discussion on 2013‐02‐28


Copyright (c) 2013 Kathleen M. Wilson & Robert C. Calfee


Assessment as inquiry is a cyclical problem-solving stance that can be applied to instructional decision-making in any classroom. This presentation will provide the DBER attendees with a framework for using formative assessments to inform their ongoing instructional choices. I will define formative assessment and briefly discuss some mechanisms for data collection. I will provide six design features to keep in mind when creating formative assessments and analyzing the data gleaned from them. Finally, I will discuss work in which I am engaged that involves the integration of inquiry-based formative assessment in K-12 instruction to meet the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.