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Formative Assessment Research Alliance


The Formative Assessment Research Alliance (FARA) was created to provide a forum for regional educators, policymakers, and researchers to discuss and study the role of formative assessment in student learning.

Goals Include…

  • Increasing the use of formative assessment (strategies, programs, frameworks, etc.) in classrooms and learning from those initiatives
  • Increasing the use of research, data, and analysis by policymakers and practitioners as they relate to formative assessment


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Research Alliance Events

On-site event:
Formative Assessment Research and Implications for Practice, November 2, 2015 event at ESU #3 in Nebraska.

Webinar: The Formative Assessment Research Alliance 2014 Webinar Series

Formative Assessment Evidence: How to plan for and respond to evidence of learning (Part Three of a Three-Part Series)

The Essence of Formative Assessment: Creating a Common Understanding of the Formative Assessment Process (Part One of a Three-Part Series)





Federal reports

Cross-REL reports

FARA-meetingMembers of the Formative Assessment Evidence Review Team are excited about this month’s progress.
The content from resources does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of REL Central, IES, or the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.


Web Resources

Interactive WebEx on Formative Feedback with Dr. Susan Brookhart
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
recorded meeting

Here you will find a downloadable version of Feedback Checklist and Analysis Guide. Participants should print and have handy multiple (5) hard copies.
Feedback Checklist and Analysis Guide 



    Helen Apthorp, PhD
    (303) 766-9199 ext. 317


    Marianne Reale, MEd
    (303) 766-9199 ext. 321