INFORMative Assessment: Formative Assessment Practices to Improve Mathematics Achievement, Grades K-6


What is formative assessment? Why do we do it and what do students gain? Formative assessment is not a one-time event. It is not the product or end result of a set of well-defined steps. Rather, formative assessment is a process identified in this resource as INFORMative assessment when it is a collection of strategies that engage teachers and students in becoming partners to support students' learning.

This resource uniquely presents a collaborative learning journey in which educators

  • understand the INFORMative perspective;
  • explore must-have practices; and
  • discuss how to implement them.

More than forty reflections support teachers in confidently

  • evaluating tasks;
  • making inferences about student understandings based on their written work;
  • creating plans to address student misconceptions;
  • developing probing questions;
  • giving actionable feedback; and more.

Each chapter includes a place for you to record notes about your use of INFORMative assessment—the changes in your thinking, your questions, your frustrations, and, most importantly, your successes!

Jeane M. Joyner and Mari Muri
336 pages

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Author Bio
Jeane M. Joyner is a research associate in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Meredith College. A former elementary mathematics consultant and a classroom assessment consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Joyner has taught preschool through college courses. She is the coauthor of Dynamic Classroom Assessment.
Mari Muri consults with schools in Connecticut through PIMMS at Wesleyan University. She was a math specialist with the Connecticut Department of Education and currently serves on several math-related boards of directors.
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