10 Formative Assessments for STEM

10 Formative Assessments for STEM

With the current trends in classrooms and districts, assessment seems to have turned into a four letter word.  

Assessment is important, but at what cost to our students’ learning and development?  What if we could get useful assessment data without the pain?  Enter Formative Assessments.

Formative Assessments can easily incorporated into STEM lessons and/or units to assess student learning without causing students anxiety.  By soliciting ongoing feedback, we can better guide our teaching and positively impact student learning.

There are some oldies-but-goodies like concept maps, and Positive/Negative/Interesting but for the most part, I’ve tried to select formative assessments that are different (and less boring) but that help students think deeply.

Some that fall into that category are KLEW (cousin of KWL) which compels students to provide evidence for what they know and have learned. Using this variation allows students to take a little more of a risk when sharing the concepts that they are learning.   Requiring students to support their claims makes students consider connections between the concepts they are learning.

Another really useful formative assessment is RERUN, though some may argue that this one takes a little more time than the others.  It does, but it’s worth it.  In RERUN (Recall, Explain, Results, Unsure, New Things) students provide a response for each category in the chart which helps students focus on the concept their are learning and also helps the teacher determine how well students learned the learning goals that were presented in the investigation.

Others included in this bundle are News Headline, 3-2-1, ABC Summary and many others.  There are 17 total and the list of what’s included is here.  These formative assessments can be used for any subject, so hopefully they will make your data collection and daily teaching life easier!

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Lane specializes in STEM education, curriculum design and professional development and makes teachers’ lives easier through innovative, standards-based STEM lessons.