We're kicking off a series on benchmarking assessment by defining the two primary types: interim and formative tests.
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Another assessment? Is that the first thought that comes to mind at the mention of administering beginning-of-the-year benchmarks to your students? If so, you’re certainly not alone—today’s students and teachers are faced with no shortage of assessments, all of which come with their own unique set of pressures and expectations. But, before you write off the idea, it’s important to consider the reasoning behind benchmark assessments, and the value they can provide.
“Assessment” can feel like a dirty word for educators, but if you embrace it, the data that assessments provide can be used as a powerful tool you can use to promote the kind of growth you and your students want and expect to see.
By extending the partnership between our Study Island formative assessment solution and NWEA MAP Link, grade 9-12 educators can now easily pinpoint students' strengths and weaknesses and instruction instruction for their needs.
Formative assessment is a proven method to improve student achievement both in the short term and over the long run, and Study Island includes a variety of features to help educators implement this strategy in the classroom!