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National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics and Science--Classroom Assessment as a Basis of Teacher Change

This NCISLA project is based on previous NCISLA research, which showed that formative assessment can play a significant role in pedagogy that promotes learning with understanding. Although less common than traditional forms of assessment, such as grades and standardized tests, classroom formative assessment is used in supporting day-to-day instruction and the critical processes of professional development that seeks to bring about fundamental changes in teachers' instruction by helping them expand and change their formative assessment practices.


Thomas Carpenter


U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement

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Completed Feb 29 2004

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Patricia Boustany, Administrative Assistant