Spotlight 2021

Formative Assessment: Improving Learning for Every Child

This project highlights 14 innovations that support both teaching and learning through formative assessment. Formative assessment refers to a variety of methods that teachers use in classrooms to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress.
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A form of assessment that offers teachers insight into how they can enhance students’ individual learning.

In order to prepare students for the modern world, we need to move away from narrow approaches of summative assessment, which only measure students' ability to memorise and regurgitate facts. Instead, there is a growing need for informal, regularly used methods of assessments without any external selection pressure that allows students to monitor and regulate their own learning. Formative assessments allow teachers to develop students’ motivation, and self-regulation through purposeful interaction with students around their learning process.


Methods of assessment that shape learning and teaching throughout the instructional process.

The Formative Assessment: Improving Learning for Every Child Spotlight Report highlights 14 impactful and scalable education innovations that promote the systematic use of formative assessments to inform teaching. 

Formative assessment is one of the approaches that can help teachers and students teach and learn more effectively by allowing them to keep track of how each individual student's learning is progressing. Effective formative assessment shares learning expectations and learning targets, while also creating a continuous feedback loop to help track students’ understanding and development. Formative assessments can use guided self-assessment and peer assessment to improve learning in a way that takes into account the importance of student agency and motivation in learning. 

These solutions are bold, accessible, and impactful, changing the fundamental ways we think about assessment. We created this report with the intention that it would serve as an invitation for dialogue. Our hope is that we might collectively imagine a better future and begin thinking about what it will take to get there.

Selections announced June 24th, 2022


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Formative Assessment: Improving Learning for Every Child

Formative assessment is a powerful way to enhance student learning. All types of assessments form important aspects of the learning process. However, formative assessment provides a particular way of evaluating student learning as part of the learning process. The aim of formative assessment is to evaluate students’ learning in a way that promotes the developmental aspects of learning and teaching. In this report we take a look a the research behind formative assessment and highlight 14 innovations working to promote it globally. 

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Explore education innovations recognized by HundrED as well as innovations from shared by the education community across the world.
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Socrative is the classroom app for formative and summative assessments that allow you to quiz and grade at the speed of learning from any device. Check student understanding with prepared activities o
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Qridi introduces learners and teachers to look at learning and progress as a group and as individuals. Learning is planned and monitored under the teacher’s guidance, future skills are strengthened an
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Classtime is a solution for teachers that complements in-class teaching with immediate feedback on every student’s level of understanding by asking questions and validating answers. Our Collaborative
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