Ed. note: Today’s students have too many tests to take—but today’s teachers still need insight into their classes’ knowledge and skills. Adding new tests every time students need to prove mastery rarely seems like the right answer. For some classrooms, the solution lies in formative assessments, which gauge their students’ understanding and personalize their lessons in real time. Here, two educators share how formative assessments are transforming their students' learning across the board.

Dawn Nelson, school library media specialist

"Formative assessment is an essential part of teaching because it helps guide instruction. Checking for understanding of important concepts helps the teacher decide...

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  • About the Author:

    Dawn Nelson is a school library media specialist at Oak View Elementary School in Minnesota.
    Ashleigh Schulz is a 4th–5th-grade gifted teacher at Moss Bluff Elementary School in Louisiana.