What is Assessment for Learning?
Assessment for Learning is based on the principles that students will improve if they know and understand the goals of each lesson and where they stand in relation to those goals. Feedback provided along the learning path is both clear and constructive  and builds students’ confidence that they can achieve the goals if they take certain steps.  Above all, Assessment for Learning is grounded in the firm knowledge that all learners can improve and should achieve their full potential.

Every child knows how they are doing, where they are going, and how they are supposed to get there.

Every teacher is equipped with the knowledge they need to deliver ongoing, accurate assessment and has manageable tools for measuring results.

How Does it work?

  • Lesson goals are shared with the students, making sure they understand what they are aiming towards.
  • Learners are empowered to take active progress checks that may involve self-assessment and peer assessment.
  • Teachers and students review, challenge, reflect and modify goals...together!
  • Teachers provide feedback to students in a way that informs their learning plans and encourages awareness.
  • Assessments take into consideration the whole learner, including learning styles, feelings, and barriers to understanding.
  • Assessments encourage students to be responsible for their own learning and must create an “I can” attitude.
  • Assessments ensure that all students are aware of what they are doing and why they are doing it.

Teachers and researchers are finding that when students are clearly involved in this form of classroom assessment, they become more aware of their strengths, and they feel a much stronger sense of accomplishment when goals are met. Students are also empowered by the knowledge and awareness of the areas for improvement, and by the belief that they have the power to do something about it!

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Assessment for Learning
By Pearson ELT

What is Assessment for Learning?

Assessment for Learning (AFL) is a process by which teachers gather information which they will use to make instructional decisions. In this regard, Assessment for Learning is a modality of constant assessment that enables teachers to adjust their practice so that every student succeeds. Simply put, AFL allows teachers to find out, quickly which students are and are not making progress, and to devise ways to help those in need so they become successful learners.

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