Using Assessment to Raise Achievement in Mathematics

This guidance booklet, from the National Strategies collection, was inspired by the documents Inside the black box (Black & Wiliam, 1998) and Assessment for Learning, beyond the black box (Assessment Reform Group, 1999) and outlines how assessment for learning can raise achievement in school. Evidence suggests that using good strategies for formative assessment could lead to significant improvements in the performance of pupils. This guidance considers aspects of this and illustrates how some schools have used them. This guidance aims to provide information about using the following techniques:

  • involving pupils in assessing their own performance;  
  • setting learning goals for pupils and sharing these with them;  
  • using effective questioning techniques to assess and further pupils’ learning; 
  • using marking and feedback strategies to inform pupils about their progress.

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