Yin et al. (2008). On the Impact of Formative Assessment

At first sight, this paper seems a bit of an indictment of formative assessment – no effects in an RCTYin 3.png

Then you look at its size (N=12 teachers), the varied implementation, and the way almost no student or school characteristics were controlled for.

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And you realise that fundamentally it highlights how we struggle to support teacher change.

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Yin, Y., Shavelson, R., Ayala, C., Ruiz-Primo, M., Brandon, P., Furtak, E., Tomita, M. and Young, D. (2008). On the Impact of Formative Assessment on Student Motivation, Achievement, and Conceptual Change. Applied Measurement in Education, 21(4), pp.335-359.

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