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NORTH CAROLINA'S FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT LEARNING COMMUNITY'S ONLINE NETWORK (NC FALCON)
This network has been developed in an effort to provide North Carolina teachers with a basic understanding of formative assessment and illustrate the role it should play in a comprehensive, balanced assessment system. A comprehensive, balanced assessment system includes formative assessment, interim/benchmark assessments, and statewide assessments that are aligned to state standards. Each component is important and should be valued for what it contributes.
Formative assessment is an essential component of this system because it forms the foundation of teaching and learning and should occur more often than any other assessment. In contrast to summative assessment, formative assessment is focused on collaboration in the classroom and identifying learning gaps during instruction that can be addressed before end-of-year, summative assessments. The online professional development modules located in NC FALCON are intended to serve as a primer for teachers to learn more about the impact formative assessment can have on their instruction and help their students achieve targeted learning goals.
This paradigm shift from face-to-face training to electronic professional development delivery empowers teachers and allows them to access training according to their schedules. The online professional development series modules located in NC FALCON are intended to serve as a primer for teachers wishing to learn more about how formative assessment can impact their instruction and help their students achieve targeted learning goals. The professional development modules are self-paced, do not have to be completed in one session, and may be accessed 24/7. Access to the professional development modules is managed by using NCRegistration user account management features.
HELP DESK INFORMATION FOR NC FALCON
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