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Formative Assessment

Making It Happen in the Classroom
Second Edition
By: Margaret Heritage
Written for teachers and those who support them, this book helps all educators develop the skills for successful formative assessment across a range of subjects and grade levels.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071813676
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: September 23, 2021

Price: $39.95



Develop the knowledge and skills needed for successful formative assessment

Formative assessment is a process used by teachers and students to keep learning moving forward. In the 10 years since the first edition of Formative Assessment was published, the practice has become a mainstay in classrooms, but that does not mean that it is easy.

Education expert Margaret Heritage walks readers through every step of implementation and offers numerous examples that illustrate formative assessment practices across a range of subjects and grade levels. She explains how to articulate learning progressions, goals, and success criteria; select assessment strategies and provide quality feedback; engage students in self-assessment and self-management; and create an environment that values feedback as part of the learning process. Based on the latest research, this second edition addresses:

  • College and career readiness standards, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Equity and individual learning needs
  • Discipline-based and student-centered formative assessment
  • Social and emotional learning

Written for teachers and those who support them, this book will help all educators develop the skills necessary to get students on the path to success.

Key features

  • Offers specific examples of the formative assessment process in action in a range of subject areas
  • Addresses the place of formative assessment within the broader assessment picture
  • Discusses and gives examples of effective feedback as an essential part of formative assessment
  • Shows how to engage students in self-assessment and self-management so they can participate in keeping their learning on course
  • Examines how educators and school leaders can support classroom implementation of formative assessment


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Margaret Heritage

Margaret Heritage is an independent consultant in education. For her entire career, her work has spanned both research and practice. In addition to spending many years in her native England as a practitioner, a university teacher, and an inspector of schools, she had an extensive period at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), first as principal of the laboratory school of the Graduate School of Education and Information Students and then as an Assistant Director at UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing. She has also taught courses in the Departments of Education at UCLA and Stanford University. She is a regular presenter at conferences across the United States and internationally. Her most recent book with Corwin, co-authored with Christine Harrison, is The Power of Assessment for Learning: Twenty Years of Research and Practice in UK and US Classrooms.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author

About the Contributing Author



Chapter 1: Clarifying Formative Assessment

Chapter 2: Mediating Factors for Learning Supported by Formative Assessment

Chapter 3: A Wider Lens on Formative Assessment

Chapter 4: Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Chapter 5: Eliciting and Using Evidence

Chapter 6: Feedback to Students

Chapter 7: Developing and Deepening Formative Assessment Knowledge and Skills (Co-Written With E. Caroline Wylie)


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