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Overall Structure – This peer learning community is intended to be an ongoing technical assistance activity, launched in November 2013 and continuing as long as participants are interested and find the PLC useful. We will host monthly video conferences and keep notes that will be posted on a secure group website.  Agendas will be co-developed by participants and the PLC facilitators.  Participants may meet in smaller groups to discuss specific topics or issues.  The structure and flow of the PLC will change based on the phase of implementation.

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The Formative Assessment Peer Learning Community sponsored by CEELO and ECTA will meet on the third Tuesday of each month from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern. There will be no meeting in September. Stay tuned for additional information.

NEW! Webinar – Confidentiality Issues: Addressing Questions About Data Sharing Among Organizations.  This webinar discusses confidentiality issues surrounding sharing developmental screening data and/or putting these data or other sensitive child level data into a statewide databases. The Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program’s Community of Practice on Developmental Screening hosted the webinar.


2013 Roundtable. – Using Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning for Young Children Birth-3rd Grade. This page provides readings, presentations, and other resources on Formative Assessment

Diane Dodge on Formative Assessment, Part 1. A brief video discussing how teachers can use assessment to improve their work with young children. This features Diane Dodge with Tom Schultz, and was recorded before the CEELO 2013 RoundtTAble,

Distinguishing Formative Assessment from Other Educational Assessment Labels. This paper provides definitions and commentary for labels that are currently used to describe various educational assessment types. The paper was produced by the Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (FAST SCASS).

Focusing Formative Assessment on the Needs of English Language Learners. This paper highlights opportunities and challenges inherent in integrating formative assessment into instruction for ELL students in the era of the Common Core and other “next generation” standards.

Formative Assessment: Examples of Practice.This paper shares examples of formative assessment in practice, through a selection of written vignettes. Prepared for the Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

Formative Assessment: Guidance for Early Childhood Policymakers. CEELO’s Shannon Riley-Ayers has prepared a report as a guide and framework to early childhood policymakers considering formative assessment, outlining issues for consideration in implementing formative assessment.This guide provides a practical roadmap for decision-makers by offering several key questions to consider in the process of selecting, supporting, and using data to inform and improve instruction.

If Kindergarten Entry Assessments are the Answer, What Is the Question? This PowerPoint presentation to the Arizona Early Literacy Advisory Board in April of 2013, addresses some questions and issues are Kindergarten Entry Assessment.

Resources to Inform Technical Assistance on Formative Assessment. CEELO FASTfact. A policy brief outlining a range of resources available related to Formative Assessment.












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