The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) affirm the centrality of research-based, mathematically focused, formative assessment - a key element in the national effort to improve mathematics proficiency.

These professional development modules assist leaders in "jump starting" formative assessment, K-16. The collection contains an overview and modules, each highlighting one aspect of formative assessment with PowerPoints, Leaders' Notes, and handouts as needed.

Formative assessment needs to be intentionally and systematically integrated into classroom instruction at every grade level. This requires adequate attention in the preparation of new teachers of mathematics and in the continuing education and professional development of current teachers.

The Modules

Module 1 - Overview (Free Preview)

Presentation Leaders Notes Position Paper

Module 2 - Identifying Learning Targets

Presentation Leaders Notes Hikers Analogy

Module 3 - Activiting Prior Knowledge

Presentation Leaders Notes Handout

Module 4 - The Answer is Wrong

Presentation Leaders Notes

Module 5 - Feedback to Students

Presentation Leaders Notes Sorting Cards Student Samples

Module 6 - Asking Productive Questions

Presentation Leaders Notes Handout


Ana Floyd
Randolph County Schools, NC

Mari Muri
Wesleyan University, CT

Jeane Joyner
Meredith, College, NC

Wendy Rich
Asheboro City Schools, NC

Katherine Mawhinney
Appalachian State University, NC

Catherine Schwartz
East Carolina University, NC

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