The term formative assessment is often used to describe a type of assessment. The purpose of this paper is to challenge the use of this phrase given that formative assessment as a noun phrase ignores the well-established understanding that it is a process more than an object. A model that combines content, context, and strategies is presented as one way to view the process nature of assessing formatively. The alternate phrase formative use of assessment information is suggested as a more appropriate way to describe how content, context, and strategies can be used together in order to close the gap between where a student is performing currently and the intended learning goal. Accessed 14,299 times on https://pareonline.net from February 22, 2011 to December 31, 2019. For downloads from January 1, 2020 forward, please click on the PlumX Metrics link to the right.
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"Formative Use of Assessment Information: It’s a Process, So Let’s Say What We Mean,"
Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation: Vol. 16
, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umass.edu/pare/vol16/iss1/3