How do you know if students are with you at the beginning, middle, and end of a lesson? Can formative assessment offer a key to better teaching and learning during instruction? In this three-part series, participants will learn how to blend different formative assessment moves in the classroom, with intention and care for all students, to help make better instructional decisions. These sessions will explore the following seven research-based, high-leverage formative assessment moves: priming, posing, pausing, probing, bouncing, tagging, and binning.

Dr. Brent Duckor, President, Validity Partners
Dr. Carrie Holmberg, Associate, Validity Partners

The Power of Posing, Pausing, and Probing to Advance Deeper Learning

This session introduces the first three of seven formative assessment moves: posing, pausing, and probing. Participants will learn how and when to ask questions, encourage student responses, and deepen discussions in online, hybrid, and in-person settings.

The Power of Bouncing, Tagging, and Binning for Feedback to Advance Deeper Learning

This session explores how bouncing, tagging, and binning can be employed in online, hybrid, and in-person settings. Participants will learn how to sample student responses to broaden participation, describe and record students responses without judgement, and interpret student responses with a wide range of tools.

Formative Assessment Moves to Uncover Academic Language Demands and Support English Learners

To ensure equity in our formative assessment practices, we must think carefully about academic language demands for everyone including our EL students. In this session, we explore the power of the seven formative assessment moves framework to increase students’ academic language use and production in online, hybrid, and in-person settings.

Resource Type

Professional Learning

Type of Audience

LEA Leadership, Site Administrator / Instructional Coach, Teacher

Topic Area

Continuous Improvement, Equity, LCAP


Formative Assessment