How Formative Assessment drove down PD costs to almost nil and increased learning by 25%

A great deal of research focuses on what we might call the researcher’s question: “If teachers do this, do children learn more?” The problem is we need to be sure whether formative assessment causes higher achievement or not. It could be the teachers who implement formative assessment are just better teachers to begin with.

To really find out we would need to do a randomized control trial.

Well, this is exactly what happened.

A total of 140 high schools were recruited, and 70 were sent the “Embedding formative assessment” program while the other 70 were sent the cash equivalent ($500). After two years, students in the schools receiving the “Embedding formative assessment” had made 25% more progress over the first two years of high school, at a cost of less than $2 per student per year.

For more details about these impressive results and to find out how you can implement the same “Embedding formative assessment” program in your school, join us on Tuesday, February 12th at 3pm EST.