Assessment – A Reading List.

I’m creating a reading list to share with staff at my school. I plan to give them some time to read some of these at the start of my assessment INSET next week.

Formative Assessment:

Avoid complex tasks for formative assessment:
What makes good formative assessment by Daisy Christodoulou

Making the feedback more work for the pupils than the teacher:
Five Ways to give Feedback as Actions by Tom Sherrington

A tip for using mini-whiteboards:
Slow motion learning by Greg Ashman

Why it’s dangerous to use summative assessments formatively:
Assessment practice that is wide of the mark by Matthew Benyohai

Use feedback to change behaviour:
Moving from Marking to Feedback by Harry Fletcher-Wood

Formative assessment can be generic and subject specific:
AfL in Science, A Symposium by Adam Boxer

A classic, in case you haven’t read it. Giving pupils grades is not generally a good idea:
Inside the Black Box by Dylan Wiliam and Paul Black

Summative Assessment:

Data collection shouldn’t be the main focus of assessment:
Breaking useless assessment habits by Stephen Tierney

Long tests are better than short tests, but even then we should only take note of significant differences. Teacher accountability is bad.
What if we can’t measure progress? by Becky Allan

Why teacher assessment isn’t as good as it may seem:
Tests are Inhuman, and that’s what is so good about them by Daisy Christodoulou

A way to report pupils performance which gives better information to parents, tutors and the pupils themselves:
Pragmatic Assessment by Matthew Benyohai


I’d be interested to know if you’ve read any blogs which summarise Inside the Black Box nicely, as it’s a bit long for staff to read during an INSET session. I’d also be grateful if you could share a blog on the difference between summative and formative assessment, in case there are any members of staff who are unsure about this.

Apart from those two specific questions… these are just five blogs that have stuck in my memory over the past year. I’m sure there are many others that I have read and forgotten about, or completely missed in the first place. What would you add to this list?

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