Teachers in elementary schools in Davidson County use summative and formative assessment to drive instruction in all content areas.
Taking the time to analyze assessment data enables teachers to carefully choose their next instructional steps.
Each elementary school in Davidson County has developed an assessment wall. This enables teachers to have rich conversations about student achievement to support school-wide progress.
Useful Documents for Davidson County Educators:
Summative and Formative Assessments
"Summative assessments are seen as a way to measure, at a particular point in time, student learning as it relates to content standards. Though the information gleaned from this type of assessment can be important, it's too late in the learning process to make adjustments to our teaching.
But formative assessments are different. They allow us to make adjustments in our work with children as they are learning.
Formative ways of assessing where children are in the learning process include recording what we notice by:
- From Teaching With Intention, by Debbie Miler (Stenhouse)
Here are some examples of formative assessments we use in Davidson County: