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The Handbook for Embedded Formative Assessment

Developed as a companion to Embedded Formative Assessment, 2nd ed., this practical handbook is packed with how-tos and tried-and-tested techniques for designing effective formative assessments.


  • Explore research that states classroom formative assessment is the most impactful—and cost-effective—approach to raising student academic achievement.
  • Review the five key strategies of classroom formative assessment.
  • Gain more than 50 practical techniques for classroom formative assessment.
  • Clarify and share learning intentions and success criteria, elicit evidence of student achievement, and give feedback that moves learning forward.
  • Understand that teacher quality remains the most important determinant of student learning.

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Chapter 1: Understanding Formative Assessment
Chapter 2: Clarifying, Sharing, and Understanding Learning Intentions and Success Criteria
Chapter 3: Eliciting Evidence of Learners’ Achievement
Chapter 4: Providing Feedback That Moves Learning Forward
Chapter 5: Activating Learners as Instructional Resources for One Another
Chapter 6: Activating Learners as Owners of Their Own Learning
Appendix: Observation Tools


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6