Assessment for Learning: Maximizing Learning for Students


Discover Kimble Talley‘s popular webinar series, For Educators, By Educators. The sessions held on February 17 and 18, 2016 focused on the role of formative assessment. The word “assessment” has been synonymous with tests, exams, and quizzes. What if assessment was more than that? Imagine assessing student learning without testing. If done properly, assessment could be a park educator’s best friend. The resources below provide valuable insight into the role of assessment for learning.


  1. Student Experience at Paradise Creek
  2. Student Experience at Harper’s Ferry NHP
  3. Formative Assesment Planning Template

What you’ll find

“Formative assessment is a process used by teachers/educators and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust ongoing teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended instructional outcomes.” – Council of Chief State School Officers

Formative assessment:

  • Is a process, not any particular test
  • Is used by both teachers/educators and students
  • Takes place during instruction
  • Occurs moment-to-moment as part of instruction
  • Provides assessment-based feedback to teachers/educators and students

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  1. This is a great resource for thinking about how to organize and incorporate formative assessment techniques into a lesson plan. I found the “Checkpoint, Checkpoint Method, and Possible Adjustment” table to be really helpful. This format is a great way to teach new staff about how to incorporate and adjust assessments throughout a program, or as a general reminder for staff who is presenting.


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