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Shifting the Focus From Summative Tests to Formative Assessment Practices – Secondary (6–12)

January 14, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Riverside County Health Education Community of Practice

In this era of the standards movement, assessment plays a key role. Summative high-stakes tests have driven
instruction for over a decade with little overall gains and a growing achievement gap. Educational research
informs us that formative assessment practices produces significant increases in student learning. This session will provide strategies and tools to foster highly-effective formative assessment teaching practices in the classroom. We will view and discuss video cases, examine student work, and share professional development learning cycles to support teachers in enacting formative assessment practices with their students. A new type of formative assessment lesson will be introduced called re-engagement.


David FosterDavid Foster is the executive director of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI) comprised of 160 member districts across the United States. Besides the intensive work in California, SVMI consults across the country including New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia. SVMI is affiliated with programs at University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and San Jose State University.

Foster established SVMI in 1996 working as Mathematics Director for the Robert N. Noyce Foundation. Foster consulted with PARCC and developed exemplars for SBAC. He is also Co-Chair of the advisory committee of the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service/Balanced Assessment and a consultant to the Urban Math Leadership Network which works with the 25 largest school districts in America.


  1. Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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District Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction Leaders, Mathematics Instructional Coaches, and Mathematics Lead Teachers

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For additional information, contact:
Shirley Roath, Administrator | sroath@rcoe.us
Christina Sander, Administrator’s Secretary | csanders@rcoe.us


January 14, 2021
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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