Formative assessment

Friday Bulletin Board

The new SAT The College Board announced major changes to the SAT, and most notably, changes to the writing portion. Some of the most prominent changes: The writing test will be optional. Currently, even though many colleges ignore writing test scores, all students must take the writing portion of the test. Vocabulary words will eliminate “sometimes…

The Case for Low-Stakes Assessments

Low-stakes assessments are our favorite way to keep up with the real-time progress of your students. But that word—assessments—triggers a complex in every student, educator, and teacher’s brain. Assessments, tests, evaluations… judgment. Low-stakes assessments, like formative assessments, aren’t meant to be scary or judgmental. In fact, this brand of assessment is something you probably do…

The Real Problem with the High-Stakes Testing Debate

We are about to kick off a month of resources and discussion about assessments here on Gradeable.com, and in that spirit, I thought I’d take a few moments to touch on the current hot button in assessment-land: high-stakes testing. Everyone is talking about it: educators, politicians, parents, everyone except maybe the students who are at…

Free eBook: 10 Steps to Get Started with Standards-Based Grading

Looking to dive into standards-based grading? Here’s a Gradeable-created resource that shows 10 easy steps to get started and links to SBG experts. Here’s an overview: Download your free eBook today! Don’t forget to share! Spread the SBG love.

ProTip Wednesday: 5 Ways to Assess Student Understanding

We’ve all been there—you just gave a test and after receiving the results, you bury your head in your hands and ask yourself the big question: “Why didn’t they get it?” The “Getting It” process (also known as learning/achieving/mastering) is a teacher’s main goal —in addition to the other ten thousand other skills you want…

ProTip Wednesday: 7 Easy Standards-Based Grading Hacks

You’re taken the dive and are now swimming in the murky waters of standards-based grading. You might have seen this picture, which starkly illustrates how much more student transparency a teacher receives when using SBG: (via “Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading” by Patricia L. Scriffiny) You know that you want to do it, but the…

ProTip Wednesday: 6 Steps to SBG with Gradeable

Overview: 6 steps to SBG with Gradeable Why I SBG-ed Gradeable vs. Excel Closer look into Excel Tracker How to standards-based grade (SBG) with Gradeable So the Excel-perts say they have a system – and yes, it’s a pretty jazzy system. But for those of us (ie. first year teacher me) who couldn’t trudge around…

Re: The Importance of Low-Stakes Student Feedback

Sometimes we read articles and want to high-five the internet for articulating exactly how we feel. A couple weeks ago, Katrina Schwartz wrote an article on the importance of low-stakes student feedback, or formative assessments. We love formative assessments because it creates a culture of learning, engagement, and responsibility in the classroom. “This type of…