Series Success at the Core: Common Formative Assessments: Using CFAs to Improve Teaching and Learning

Using CFAs to Improve Teaching and Learning

Lesson Objective: Create and use common formative assessments to improve student performance
All Grades / All Subjects / Data Use

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How does the team structure facilitate the development and use of common formative assessments?
  2. What is the connection between common formative assessments and SMART goals?
  3. How do common formative assessments help teachers meet the needs of all learners?

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1. The team structures and develops CFA's by first analyzing their students’ current abilities (current reality).  They then create an achievement goal for the entire team. They break down the goal into smaller parts by standards to help the students reach the achievement. To monitor the students’ progress they create learning targets that run 2-4 weeks long that are followed by a CFA to monitor students’ progress.

2. The connection between CFA’s and SMART goals is that SMART goals basically break down summative assessments into smaller parts. The purpose is to have a few SMART goals that lead to a summative assessment. After completing it as a SMART goal the students should be able to complete it independently since it was broken down for them.

3. CFA’s help teachers meet the needs of all learners since it allows teachers to track students’ progress. By analyzing the results of a CFA the teachers are able to distinguish which tasks to re-teach and which tasks to move forward on.

 

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I am an instructional coach and we are working on creating CFAs in our districts. I was wondering if you would be able to share any of your CFAs with me for us to have a base to go off of? Thanks!

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I love the idea of using rubrics. I will strive to use rubrics and checklists this school year. It makes sense.
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