Formative Assessment in Practice

Formative Assessment in Practice A Process of Inquiry and Action

Margaret Heritage, foreword by W. James Popham
cloth, 176 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-552-7
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Pub. Date: March 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-553-4
paper, 176 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-551-0
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Margaret Heritage presents a practical guide to formative assessment as a process of “inquiry and action” essential to twenty-first century learning.


[Heritage’s] analysis of formative assessment reflects the real-world, what’s-next thinking of a seasoned practitioner and, at the same time, the carefully documented, thoroughly researched approach of a full-fledged academic. Her readers are fortunate that she could not keep those two worlds apart. — From the foreword by W. James Popham, professor emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

In this thoughtful book, Margaret Heritage shows that when it is done well, formative assessment is really a set of orientations that the best teachers use all the time. She shows how great teachers constantly place evidence—about what students learned and what they need to do next—at the heart of their practice, helping students achieve more and become better learners. — Dylan Wiliam, emeritus professor of educational assessment, Institute of Education, University of London

Heritage argues for a children’s rights approach that allows students to develop skills in becoming autonomous learners. Guiding the teacher through the use of learning progressions, the collection of evidence, and the process of inquiry, she highlights the power of formative assessment to close the achievement gap for all learners. — Gabriela Cardenas, demonstration teacher, UCLA Lab School

Heritage articulates a practical, theoretically sound approach to assessment. Filled with conceptual insights and compelling examples, this is a handbook of the powerful pedagogy our teachers need and our students deserve. If you care about teaching that fosters a learning culture, read this book. — Robert Linquanti, project director, EL Evaluation and Accountability Support, and senior research associate, WestEd

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About the Author

Margaret Heritage is assistant director for professional development at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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