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Formative Assessment in Action Video Series


The Formative Assessment in Action video series features California members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) demonstrating formative assessment strategies in their classrooms.

Using Rubrics to Improve Student Writing

This 12-minute video features Christina Lambie–a district administrator in the Woodland Joint Unified School District–demonstrating the formative assessment process as her grade six class uses a Smarter Balanced sample item and corresponding rubric to target and improve writing skills. Video posted on September 12, 2018.

Three Acts Math Lesson

This 12-minute video features Cassandra Gartung—an instructional coordinator in the Victor Elementary School District—demonstrating the formative assessment process as her grade three math class uses inquiry to identify and solve a math problem involving the number of knots tied in a given length of rope. Video posted on June 1, 2018.

Graphing Relationships Between Two Quantities

This 11-minute video features Jaime Bonato─a high school mathematics teacher in the San Juan Unified School District─demonstrating the formative assessment process as her high school math class discusses the relationship between the rate at which water fills a container and its corresponding graph. Video posted on July 7, 2016

Developing Defining Sentences

This 12-minute video features Toni David─an elementary school teacher in the Stanislaus Unified School District─demonstrating the formative assessment process as her grade five class works in collaborative groups to create defining sentences in an effort to enhance a written explanation of why it rains. Video posted on June 20, 2016

Digital Hybrid Socratic Seminar

This 13-minute video features Matthew Cowan─an instructional coach at Redlands Unified School District─demonstrating the formative assessment process as his grade nine ELA students debate the effects of texting and video games on student learning. Video posted on May 27, 2016

Using Ratios to Solve Real-World Problems

This 9-minute video features Travis Burke─a math professional development coach in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District─demonstrating the formative assessment process as his grade six students discuss different ratio combinations for the perfect glass of chocolate milk. Students teach each other different strategies for solving this problem, and then attempt to convince classmates that their strategy is best. Video posted on April 8, 2016

Rhetorical Reading Review

This 10-minute video features Leisa Machado─a middle school English language arts and history teacher from the Turlock Unified School District─demonstrating the formative assessment process as her grade seven students annotate a newspaper article, and then work in groups to complete posters based on collaborative discussion and use text-on-text graffiti to provide feedback to their peers. Video posted on March 14, 2016

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Last Reviewed: Monday, September 17, 2018
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