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Using Assessment to Drive and Differentiate Instruction. Consider How You Use Your Car’s Dashboard…. Key Principles of a Differentiated Classroom. Assessment and Instruction are INSEPARABLE!. Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom:. Drives instruction Occurs consistently

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key principles of a differentiated classroom
Key Principles of a Differentiated Classroom

Assessment and Instruction are INSEPARABLE!

assessment in a differentiated classroom
Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom:
  • Drives instruction
  • Occurs consistently
  • MAY be differentiated
why do you assess
Why Do You Assess?

With your group, take 3 minutes and discuss the reasons you assess students.


“Too often, educational tests, grades, and report cards are treated by teachers as autopsies when they should be viewed as physicals.”

Reeves, 2000


“Assessment is today’s means of understanding how to modify tomorrow’s instruction.”

Carol Tomlinson

how do you assess
HowDo You Assess?

Take a moment to list some ways you typically assess students in your classroom.


Assessment has more to do with helping students grow than cataloging their mistakes.

Carol Ann Tomlinson

when do you assess
WHEN Do You Assess?

Most teachers assess students at the end of an instructional unit or sequence.

When assessment and instruction are interwoven, both the students and the teachers benefit.


On-Going, Formative Assessment

Preassessment(Finding Out Before a Unit or Lesson Begins)

Formative Assessment (Keeping Track and Checking In)

Summative Assessment (Making Sure)


Differentiation Requires Meeting the Needs of ALL Drivers in Constantly Changing Road Conditions



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