Formative assessment resources

Ages: 6-12

Description of the practice

Formative assessment allows teachers to identify the difficulties and the progress of students during all the teaching-learning processes. It is in itself a universal measure of attention to diversity. When it includes the children perspective through processes of self-assessment and co-assessment increase their potentialities. Attached you can see some examples of formative assessment rubrics in Catalan provided by Emili Juncadella School (Barcelona, Spain). The authors of these materials are: Begoña Menac, Esther Martín, Sònia Amargant, and Natàlia Grau.


  • Country: Spain

Example of Implementation

Emili Juncadella School (Barcelona, Spain) regularly apply formative assessment processes.  At the end of each semester, students complete a self-assessment rubric to help them to reflect on how the semester has gone both academically and socio-emotionally. Teachers provide oral accompaniment before the individual completion of the rubric. The self-assessment process is accompanied by a semestral report elaborated by teachers, to give it the importance it requires. In addition, the semestral report incorporates a question for families to allow them to reflect on the learning process of their child.  The school have a model for the initial cycle (6-8 years) and another for the intermediate and advanced cycles (8-12 years).

In addition, Emili Juncadella School designs a rubric for formative assessment of oral expression. The rubric is used for self and co-assessment processes of oral presentations. Before oral presentation activities, teachers share and discuss with children the main elements of a good presentation (use of language, volume, body language and others), serving as general guidelines for students. After each presentation, students complete the rubric for the co-assessment process and each child fills out his/ her self-assessment form. The results allow them to discuss the strengths and suggestions for improvement of each exhibition.

In both cases, the assessment process is adapted to each child and the different levels of maturity. The rubrics created by Emili Juncadella School also incorporate images to facilitate that students understand the rubric content while making the design more attractive and motivating for them. 
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