Gallagher, C., & Worth, P. (2008, December). Formative assessment policies, programs, and practices in the Southwest Region (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2008-No. 041). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest. Retrieved October 28, 2008 from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs
This article provides a summary of the policies and programs in five Southwest Region states (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) used to encourage formative assessment practices in the classroom. Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico have been particularly effective in communicating their formative assessment objectives to stakeholders through state policies or state supported programs. There is, however, considerable variability in education policies regarding formative assessments, the degree to which states control the use of formative assessments at state and local levels, and steps taken to support implementation of formative assessment strategies. The authors conclude that overall, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas have developed numerous strategies to support formative assessment at the state and local levels, while formative assessment resources in New Mexico and Oklahoma are not as well developed.
Communication, Expectations for Data Use, Policies, Stakeholder Collaboration