Formative assessment is the process of seeking and interpreting evidence for use by learners and their teachers to decide where the learners are in their learning, where they need to go and how best to get there (Assessment Reform Group, 2002).
The NCCA have developed a Focus on Learning Toolkit. These can support a whole-school approach to professional development and capacity building in developing effective, ongoing assessment practice which supports students' learning. The workshops and materials are designed to be used in a flexible manner around five topics:
- Learning intentions and success criteria
- Effective questioning
- Formative feedback
- Students reflecting on their learning
- Planning using Learning Outcomes