FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT AS A TOOL OF EVALUATION IN LEARNING: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY
Formative assessment is a systematic, continuous process used during instructional process by the teachers. It evaluates learning while it is developing, is indivisible with instruction and integrated with teaching and learning and actively involves both teacher and students and provides a feedback loop to adjust ongoing instruction and close gaps in learning. Classroom teachers use formative assessment because it has been shown to improve learning outcomes for all students, especially those struggling with learning, students with disabilities. Teacher development is a process of learning which involves professional, personal and social development. All three aspects are involved in teacher development for formative assessment. This study aims at assessing status of formative assessment being practiced in the schools and the need to train teachers with adequate skills and knowledge to carry out formative assessment. The study also tries to highlight the lacunae in teacher training programme wherein the trainees are not equipped adequately to understand the concept of formative assessment and carry out the assessment in workplace.
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