Formative Assessment Resources & Position Statement

The AMTE/NCSM Joint Task Force on Formative Assessment develops materials in support of formative assessment in mathematics education. As new initiatives and resources become available from the Task Force, more information will be made available here.

Position Statement on Formative Assessment

The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) affirm the centrality of research-based, mathematically focused, formative assessment—a key element in the national effort to improve mathematics proficiency. Formative assessment needs to be intentionally and systematically integrated into classroom instruction at every grade level. This requires adequate attention in the preparation of new teachers of mathematics and in the continuing education and professional development of current teachers.

Formative Assessment Joint Task Force 

  • Valerie Mills, Co-Chair, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Edward Silver, Chair, Ann Arbor, MI

NCSM Members

  • Valerie Mills, Co-Chair, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Wanda Audrict, Stone Mountain, GA
  • Marge Petit, North Fayston, VT

AMTE Members

  • Edward Silver, Chair, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Marilyn Strutchens, Auburn, AL
  • Megan Burton, Auburn, AL

Overview of the JUMP START: Formative Assessment Series

The JUMP START series includes materials for mathematics teacher educators to use in their work with in-service and pre-service teachers in support of formative assessment. The goals of the modules include:

  • Provide teachers with understanding that formative assessment is a process of gathering evidence about what students know and understand, their misconceptions, and their incomplete knowledge
  • Support teachers in using strategies that inform teaching and learning and shape their instructional decisions "in the moment" and in short and long-term planning
  • Suggest strategies for encouraging greater involvement of students

See the attached documents and related links for additional information and the accompanying JUMP START modules (provided to NCSM and AMTE members as a benefit of membership).


Connections

Timely, important updates for mathematics teacher educators.

The Spring 2021 issue includes an uplifting message from AMTE’s new President about the importance of deep listening and learning in community. It features an article from Connections’ special call that focuses on perspectives of those navigating a virtual field placement. Also shared are upcoming opportunities for leadership in AMTE, along with an interesting and insightful collection of articles and videos from current and past leaders describing their experiences and providing tips. You will find highlights from the recent AMTE Annual Conference as well as the Call for Proposals for the 2022 Annual Conference. This issue also provides updates from the CITE-Math and Mathematics Teacher Educator journals and from several Affiliates, along with information on how to join the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership program.  

Susan Swars Auslander, Connections Editor