Are data and assessments used to shape teaching and learning? The range of practices that constitute formative assessment is vast. MCESA supports LEAs in strategies and techniques that target the full range of formative assessment.

Services

PLC Support: A core function of professional learning communities is to analyze whether students are meeting learning targets. MCESA experts work with professional learning communities to guide all stages of formative
assessment. Support includes identifying learning targets, creating common formative assessments, collecting data conveniently, analyzing student work, evaluating results, planning next steps, providing feedback, and creating a PLC culture.

Walk-throughs and Coaching: Leaders often needs support interpreting whether classroom practices exemplify best practices. MCESA supports leaders with side-by-side walk-throughs and assistance with coaching teachers to effective implementation.

Custom Consultation: MCESA is available to support LEAs with a custom-designed series of support at both the teacher and leader level to turn your LEA into a system dedicated to supporting students with learning.

Workshops

Formative Assessment Foundations: Because formative assessment is so vast, it is worth taking some time to confirm the basic foundations in order to build a richer more comprehensive plan for lasting implementation of classroom formative assessment. This workshop focuses on the basics including defining assessment types and purposes, understanding learning progressions, eliciting evidence, and providing effective feedback.

Best Practices in Formative Assessment for Arizona College and Career Ready Standards: These workshops target formative assessment in English language arts and math. Participants will dig into the different aspects of assessment and the roles these can play in informing classroom instruction and encouraging student growth. Clear connections will be made among best practices in assessment and responsive instruction, and the implementation of the AZCCRS for Mathematics and English Language Arts.