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Assessment position papers, readings, and resources

There is a wealth of position papers, reports, articles, and videos about the principles and practices of formative assessment. We feature a key selection of them here. 


Dylan Wiliam on formative assessment

These online videos feature Dylan Wiliam, one of the gurus of assessment for learning, talking about a range of formative assessment aspects. In them he reviews the nature of formative assessment and how teachers can use it to gain better insights into student learning and achievement. These videos are all available on YouTube. 

A good place to start is to watch Dylan Wiliam outline five key assessment strategies and how they interconnect. Listen as he describes the roles and relationships of teachers, learners and their peers. 

Dylan William’s five key strategies animated on YouTube

Michael Rystad summarises the five key strategies for effective formative assessment as proposed by Dylan William. The YouTube presentation is in an animated drawing/writing style, with a simple expansion of the ideas contained in each of the strategies.

John Hattie on visible learning
In these two You Tube presentations, John Hattie, director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute, discusses the principles and practices of effective teaching and learning, explored in detail in his influential book Visible Learning (2008).

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