Spotlight 2021

Formative Assessment: Improving Learning for Every Child

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. This project aims to identify methods that support both teaching and learning including the critical role students play in their own learning.
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A form of assessment that offers teachers insight into how students progress so that 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 memorize and regurgitate facts at a certain point in time. 

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. Assessments that allow teachers to be reflective on how they are teaching and the possibility that they may need to adapt their instruction in order to improve learning processes and outcomes for each student. Formative assessments allow teachers to develop students’ motivation, and self-regulation through purposeful interaction with students around their learning process. 


Formative Assessments that shape learning and teaching throughout the instructional process.

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. 

Through the Formative Assessment: Improving Learning for Every Child Spotlight Report HundrED and the Jacobs Foundation aim to identify 10-15 impactful and scalable education innovations that promote the systematic use of formative assessments to inform teaching. This project contributes to the strategic goals of the Jacobs Foundation’s Learning Schools Portfolio and HundrED’s mission of helping every child to flourish in life.  

Deadline to submit an innovation: November 15th, 2021 

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Latest articles 6.9.2021

Announcing a New Project Designed to Identify New Forms of Student Assessment

HundrED and the Jacobs Foundation announce the launch of a new project, the Formative Assessment: Improving Learning for Every Child Spotlight, which aims to understand how assessment can be used for the benefit of teaching and learning. The Spotlight is looking to select 10-15 innovations that are helping to transform assessment for the better. The deadline to apply is November 15th, 2021.