Help educators use digital tools to create effective assessments that provide timely feedback and support personalized learning.


Creating Effective Assessments

Digital tools increase the variety of effective formative assessments and the speed with which educators can analyze the result of the assessments in order to differentiate and target learning. Effective and regular use of assessments is a key part of the co-teaching program, and I examine this as part of an overall look at differentiating learning in a post from November 2021 about modifying lessons to differentiate them for a co-taught classroom. Examples of effective digital assessments include Jamboard, chrome extensions, and digital exit tickets. Each of these tools has the benefit of allowing teachers to easily gather data and sort it to regroup students for differentiated learning.

When I modify curriculum to ensure that learning is personalized, the first step I take is to double formative assessments (exit tickets, quick quizzes, and check in surveys, for example) at the minimum. Recently, when evaluating student learning for the 2021-2022 school year, I learned that adding assessments results in significant gains in the percent of students who acquire the skills needed to progress to more meaningful learning.