Asking students to demonstrate development of literacy knowledge and skills is essential in the learning process and indicates whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment information affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, and curriculum.
Common and Formative Assessment
Often called assessment for learning, formative assessment provides ongoing feedback between the teacher and student to improve teaching and learning. Assessment for learning helps students identify their strengths, weaknesses, and target areas for further learning. Formative assessment also helps teachers recognize where students are struggling so they can address the problem immediately.