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.
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 learning 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.
Measuring Student Growth
Imperative to the success of all educators, from 1st grade physical education teachers to AP math teachers, is knowing: where their students are in their learning; how their students are progressing in the learning, in real time; and how to accurately develop measures of student growth. Formative instructional practices help educators to deconstruct standards and create learning targets so they can better understand how to create or select sound assessments that help them guide learning and achieve academic growth for their students.
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. Formative instructional practices are 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.
There are four core components of FIP: creating clear learning targets, collecting and documenting evidence of student learning, providing effective feedback, and student ownership of learning. Click on the images below to learn more about the core components and how they support all members of the school community.
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Battelle for Kids collaborated with the experts at Pearson Assessment Training Institute to develop professional learning resources to build aptitude for using formative instructional practices. These resources are designed to leverage a blend of adult learning methods which result in an understanding of this approach to instruction, and help develop strategies for the effective use of these practices in schools.
Watch the FIP Your School video in the sidebar to learn how all of these elements work together in FIP Your School.
Interested in learning more about how you can be part of the FIP Your School professional learning experience? Contact us at info@BattelleforKids.org or 1-866-543-7555.
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