Benefits of Assessment

Benefits of Assessment


science“Current feedback research is finding that the feedback that best supports student learning is specific and descriptive.  It tells the students what to do more of and what to do less of.  It does not include coded evaluative feedback such as letter grades, marks, or other encoded information.”

Black and Wiliam 1998

“Schools with the greatest improvements in student achievement consistently used common assessments.”

Reeves 2004


CYM9xN-WcAAXg5M“In other words, formative assessment, effectively implemented, can do as much or more to improve student achievement than any of the most powerful instructional interventions (such as) intensive reading instruction, one-on-one tutoring and the like.”

Darling-Hammond & Bradsford

“This approach has a number of advantages:

  • it ensures that all teacher use the same scoring protocols.
  • when two teachers score the same student’s assessment, reliability increases.
  • joint scoring of student assessments is one of the most powerful forms of professional development available to teachers.”

Marzano 2006



“Although it might be technically possible to encounter versions of formative assessment that have been externally imposed rather than emerging from the classroom, this would be really rare.  Formative assessment that really pays off for students will be classroom formative assessment.”

Popham 2008



boardbuilder“What STUDENTS think about and do with assessment is as important as what adults think about and do with them.”

Stiggins 2008

“Research suggests that, if done well, genuine assessment for learning can produce among the largest achievement gains ever reported for educational interventions.”

Olson 2007