Wylie, E. C. (2008). Formative assessment: Examples of practice. Paper prepared for the Formative Assessment for Teachers and Students (FAST) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
The purpose of this paper is to define and provide examples of formative assessment in practice. First, Wylie describes five attributes that support effective formative assessment which includes learning progressions, learning goals and criteria for success, descriptive feedback, self- and peer-assessment, and collaboration. Next, the author presents two sets of vignettes. The first set shows examples (and counter examples) of formative assessment practices in the classroom. The second set of vignettes provides more detailed examples of formative assessment in practice and connects student or teacher actions to the five attributes. The vignettes include descriptions of teacher practices in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms across numerous content areas including mathematics, language arts, science, history, economics, and band.
Action for Learning, Formative Assessment