Sunday, 30 September 2012


Formative assessment is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures employed by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment. Formative assessment is more valuable for day-to-day teaching when it is used to adapt the teaching to meet students’ needs. Formative assessment helps teachers to monitor their students’ progress and to modify the instruction accordingly. It also helps students to monitor their own progress as they get feedback from their peers and the teacher. In mathematics education, formative assessment is diagnostic. To employ formative assessment in the classrooms, a teacher has to make sure that each student participates in the learning process by expressing their ideas; there is a trustful environment -in which students can provide each other
with feedback; she/he (the teacher) provides students with feedback; and the instruction is modified according to students’ needs.

R.S. Patel
Professor & Head,
Department of Education,
Director, School of Psychology, Education & Philosophy,
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad-9.

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