Information & Resources for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Formative Evaluation

Christine Espin, Jongho Shin, & Todd Busch, University of Minnesota
Alert Issue 3, Spring 2000

Formative evaluation is the ongoing collection of information in order to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional implementations and to determine whether adaptations to the instruction are necessary. There are many specific approaches to formative evaluation, including Curriculum Based Assessment (CBA), Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM), and Portfolio and Performance Assessment (PA). Of these approaches, CBA and PA provide useful information for teachers regarding how to change instruction to improve student outcomes. However, only CBM has a strong empirical database regarding its validity.

Formative Evaluation - Alert Issue 3

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