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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.

Research Questions

  • What professional support encourages teacher and student use of formative assessment?
  • What is the range of formative assessment practices used in schools?
  • Is the entire formative assessment process clear and used by educators (targets, checks for understanding, student involvement, analysis, and feedback)?
  • What are ways that formative assessment is being used or can be used to monitor student progress toward standards-based proficiency?
  • How do educators create clear learning targets from district or state standards?

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Mary Klute, PhD
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