Research-based recommendations for weaving formative assessment practices into daily teaching and assessment activities at all levels. This title is also available as a more affordable e-book with embedded video to illustrate key concepts.


This book presents seven strategies structured around three essential questions–Where am I going? Where am I now? and How can I close the gap?–to give teachers quality, research-based recommendations about assessment practices for improving student achievement. The book is sequenced to help teachers easily weave formative assessment practices into daily teaching and assessment activities at all levels. The first chapter introduces the strategies and the research base for formative assessment practices. The remaining chapters explain each strategy in detail, provide a research-based rationale for using the strategy, describe how the strategy can be applied in contexts ranging from kindergarten through high school in a range of subject areas, and offer instructions for carrying out core procedures and suggestions for adaptations. The seven strategies synthesize the best thinking in the field about high-impact formative assessment practices and provide a practical classroom framework for using assessment to grow learning.

This new edition builds on the research from the previous edition and includes a number of new features to ensure the best use of the strategies, including:

  • New, more recent research helps teachers better understand goal orientations, what makes an effective goal, how to diagnose student learning needs, the role of practice in improving learning, and more.
  • Extended examples of the strategies make the ideas and concepts come to life for teachers.
  • Improved features make the text easier to use for collaborative learning. 

Invigorate learning with the Enhanced Pearson eText

The Enhanced Pearson eText provides a rich, interactive learning environment designed to improve student mastery of content with embedded video, Discussion Questions, Reflection Journal, and Defining Assessments. The Enhanced Pearson eText is also available without a print version of the textbook.