Formative Assessment in Practice

Formative Assessment in Practice A Process of Inquiry and Action

Margaret Heritage, foreword by W. James Popham
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 the assistant director for professional development at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current work focuses on formative assessment, including teachers’ use of formative assessment evidence, and on the development and assessment of academic language for English language learners. She has published extensively and made numerous presentations on these topics all over the United States, and in Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Prior to joining CRESST, she taught in and held leadership positions at schools in the United Kingdom, including a period as a county inspector of education, and in the United States, where she was principal of the laboratory school of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. At the higher education level, she has taught graduate classes at the department of education at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Stanford University.

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