Below we’ve broken down the key components in ACT Mosaic Adaptive Academic Learning which will ensure you are on the right track to provide formative assessments to your students:
1. What are Formative Assessments?
Formative Assessments are assessments for learning which means they help you gauge student understanding in order to appropriately guide instruction in the moment. These are very different from traditional summative measures, or assessments of learning, which typically assess student learning up to a certain point and after teaching has happened. An end-of-unit or end-of-grade assessment would be more summative. A quick 3 question quiz before the unit or lesson starts or shortly thereafter would be more formative, giving the teacher ample opportunity to make changes. ACT Mosaic Adaptive Academic Learning is very comprehensive, super versatile, and can accommodate a variety of formative measures using various features. However, we will focus on using entry and exit tickets for this specific solution.
2. Entry Tickets and Pre-Assessments
You prep your lesson plans in advance. You’ve designed the targeted practice for homework that you want your students to follow up with but how do you know what they already know in order to differentiate? Assign a quick entry ticket and get your results instantly. Our assessments are pre-built and cover an entire standard. This means that they will range in length from 2 questions to sometimes 12. If too long, simply copy it and remove questions.
3. Review and Gauge Knowledge
Once students are done, review the results. You’re probably wondering how much do they know? How deep into the lesson do you have to go? Are there specific students who may need extra help? Are there specific questions or concepts which warrant your attention? The answers to these questions will determine the degree to which you need to pivot your instruction.
4. Re-Teach or Adjust Instruction for Optimal Learning Outcomes
Based on this information, the teacher can decide to not give every student the same targeted practice. Instead, after the lesson is taught, a small group can be created to review an instructional lesson. Students who do well are able to continue in their learning paths. The teacher can use this opportunity to provide all students with constructive feedback to help them move further in their understanding.
5. Exit Ticket or Post-Assessment and Growth Measurement
Ok, so you’ve taught the lesson, created some small groups, and helped students to understand the content. Now’s the time to launch the exit ticket and see the growth or where further adjustments need to be made. In the below video, the teacher reviews the 2 assessments side by side in the Assessment Growth report. Here the teacher can see students summarized and can compare growth between the 2 assessments. Yes! 30% growth is superb!