Formative assessment

Workshop Leader

Andrea MULLER is an experienced international teacher, administrator, and consultant who has worked in and with many schools throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. In these settings, she has had roles that include curriculum coordinator and adviser, and global education program manager. Her current role is consultant and Director for Innovative Global Education. In this role, she works extensively in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Critical to this role is leading and evolving a sustainable model of professional learning. This model involves reviving and designing curriculum frameworks; coaching and mentoring in classrooms; reviewing and refining planning, teaching, and assessment which supports current and researched educational practices in both local and international settings. Andrea is a co-author of a recent publication: ‘Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts’

Workshop Description
This workshop will address the relationship between authentic assessment and student learning. It will provide participants with different tools to use in the classroom for effective formative and summative assessments. It will look at why formative assessment is integral to the planning, teaching and assessing process and how this impacts positively on student learning. It will address the design of authentic summative assessment which addresses all elements of the curriculum model.

Audience: Educators, curriculum managers, administrators K-10.
Language: English.



Session One 8:30 – 10:0O
Defining formative and summative assessment
Define what we mean by formative and summative assessment
Understanding the difference between formative and summative assessment
Examine the significance of formative assessment for student learning based on key research


Session Two 10:30 – 12:00
Different assessment strategies
Examine and develop assessment tools that assess various elements of the learning e.g. skills, concepts, knowledge, action
Explore and develop assessments that assess levels of understanding (conceptual understanding)
Understand the role of the student’s voice (self & peer assessment and reflection) as a formative assessment


Session Three 1:00 – 3:00
Role of formative assessment
Understand the role of formative assessment in process, content, and understanding
Examine the importance of documenting learning as evidence of learning
Explore the formative assessment cycle as a way to improve teacher planning and student learning


Session Four 8:30 – 10:00
Differentiation and Assessment
The relationship between assessment, teaching and learning
Understanding the significance of formative assessment as a way to differentiate
Weaving formative assessment in daily classroom practice


Session Five 10:30 – 12:00
Recording and Reporting of Learning
Examining what ‘we’ value as learning in how we report on student learning
The role of student-led conferences as a way of reporting learning
Explore ways to reflect on learning using a variety of strategies


Session Six 1:00 – 3:00

Reflection and action plan