In the context of the curriculum reform in Kazakhstan for the implementation of a criteria-based approach to assessment, FA has become an innovative practice for teachers. However, statutory formalisation of FA in the country’s education policy has not fully induced a substantive change in classroom-based assessment practices because the FA concepts often appear to conflict with the early beliefs and experience of teachers.
A detailed framework and twenty-four proactive cards have been developed to help teachers plan and hold lessons focused on various elements of five FA strategies, according to the theory of formative assessment by Black and Wiliam. Each card is designed to ensure that when planning methods of working in class, the teacher begins to act more consciously and purposefully reflecting on conditions and outcomes of FA implementation. Proactive cards consist of two sections. The first section ‘Lesson Planning’ is defined by the teacher, it includes learning goals, assessment criteria, levels of thinking, items and descriptors that allow to identify contextual materials for lessons. The second section ‘Lesson Arrangement’ covers planning activities in the classroom. The use of proactive cards is not oriented towards immediate short-term results; instead, teachers need to focus on potential long-term consequences related to building a culture of FA where students become active participants in their learning.
This project was created in 2018 on the basis of experience of 20 Intellectual schools. Currently, the resource is available to all Kazakhstani teachers, and we would like to present our teaching guide "Being a proactive teacher in formative assessment" to teachers in other countries through the Hundred platform.
This teaching resource is publicly available to KZ teachers at https://smk.edu.kz/Bank/Show/215687 (in Kazakh)
https://smk.edu.kz/Bank/Show/215688 (in Russian)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEkEBVwNPBs (video in Eng)
This teaching resource is publicly available to everyone in Kazakh, Russian and English at: