Formative Instructional Practices
The research is clear—using high-impact formative instructional practices (FIP) in the classroom translates to great gains in student achievement.
The research-grounded practices known as formative assessment or assessment for learning have been around for more than a decade. While the practices are not new, the term formative instructional practices (FIP) is. The term was coined by Battelle for Kids to emphasize the interaction between curriculum, instruction, and assessment that we have found to be essential to the success of these practices. When implemented with fidelity, FIP equips educators to successfully adapt to changes in the education environment.
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Transition to New Learning Standards
To effectively implement new learning standards, educators need to be able to do two things; they need to have a thorough understanding of the standards for their students, and they need to know how to teach those skills. FIP helps educators develop a deep understanding of the standards by teaching them how to break them down into learning targets. These targets help teachers design learning progressions to guide student learning and to align classroom assessments and feedback to those targets.
Measure Student Growth
Imperative to the success of all educators, from 1st grade physical education teachers to AP math teachers, is knowing where students are in their learning, how they are progressing, and how to accurately develop measures of their growth. FIP helps educators to deconstruct standards and create learning targets so they can better understand how to create or select sound assessments that help guide learning and achieve academic growth for students.
Improve Educator Effectiveness
With new evaluation systems and revised guidelines for pre-service preparation surfacing all across the country, educator effectiveness is in our consciousness more than ever. FIP is strongly aligned to educator standards and standards for pre-service preparation. So, when educators are learning these practices, they are developing the skills that will help them succeed in the areas of highest impact.
Watch the Why FIP? video in the sidebar to learn more.
Professional Learning Resources
Battelle for Kids collaborated with the experts at Pearson Assessment Training Institute to develop professional learning resources on FIP. These resources leverage both independent learning through online courses and collaborative work in teams using facilitation guides to help educators develop the skills needed to effectively use FIP to improve student outcomes. To date, educators across the country have enrolled in nearly 400,000 of the online courses!
Watch the FIP Your School video in the sidebar to learn how all of FIP resources work together to create a blended learning experience.
Interested in learning more about how you can implement formative instructional practices in your school? Contact us at info@BattelleforKids.org or 1-866-543-7555.