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Distinguished Visitor Public Lecture: Dr. Ruiz-Primo

Formative Assessment: From High Hopes to Sober Reality

Thursday 26 July

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE VENUE: J1 Lecture Theatre

5.30 – 6.30pm

Drinks and networking in A201 from 4.45pm

Assessments and data on student achievement have flooded the school sector education landscape in the last years. A case in point is the tremendous increase in the use of formative assessment tools and tests, known as interim assessments in the U.S. Testing companies have used a great deal of their resources to develop interim assessments and U.S. states and districts have expended millions of dollars buying these instruments under the premise that they can inform instructional practices and improve student learning. Yet little is known on whether and how teachers, schools, or school districts/communities actually use data from such assessments. This presentation examines issues that are critical in thinking about assessment systems that include such forms of embedded assessment and that work under the premise that the information provided is useful for teachers and, therefore, for students. The trend in the use of these types of assessments may be a reflection of the fact that the nature and characteristics of formative assessment is yet to be properly understood.

Dr. Ruiz-Primo is Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Educational Assessment, Research, and InnovatioN (LEARN) at Stanford University and was previously a full Professor at University of Colorado Denver. She is highly regarded in the field of science education and teacher education and is regularly consulted by teacher education bodies in the United States, Switzerland, and Mexico. She has developed an empirically grounded formative assessment observation tool based on 400+ hours of classroom video and site testing. This tool permits the evaluation of effective teaching to inform decisions about teacher development and improvement (Archer, Kerr & Pianta, 2014). Dr Ruiz-Primo is a leading researcher in the field of formative assessment in the United States and will share insights about her work through her presentations in New Zealand.

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