Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction – Grades K–5

A two-day session

Audience: Science teachers, instructional specialists and coaches, curriculum coordinators
Grade-level focus: K–5

Research shows that well-planned formative assessment is one of the most effective strategies for improving student achievement. This session offers an in-depth examination of the characteristics of effective formative assessment and provides opportunities to engage in a variety of techniques to gather data and assess student learning quickly and effectively.

In this session, you will use a set of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Science from a sample unit of study and apply a simple process to develop a learning progression and determine key points within the unit to assess student understanding of concepts in science. In addition, you will examine formative assessment data to determine appropriate adjustments to instruction that can improve student understanding of concepts in science.

You will receive a printed copy of Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning by Page D. Keeley (NSTA Press).

Sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and include continental breakfast and lunch. Participants are responsible for their hotel accommodations and other travel expenses to the sessions.