What’s the difference between assessment for learning and assessment of learning?

Most course books support assessment of learning through end-of-term or end-of-unit tests that help teachers and students understand the progress they have or have not made - what they have learnt. It’s all about attainment.

Assessment for learning techniques mean that teachers can assess the effectiveness of their classes as they take place, and adjust and adapt to what their students really need. Students participate actively and learn to recognise and understand what they’re learning and what they should do to improve.

Research has shown that assessment for learning helps even the youngest learners to thrive, and fosters skills for lifelong learning.

Amanda Davies introduces what assessment for learning means and how to apply it in the classroom.

About Amanda Davies

Amanda Davies is a teacher trainer, author and Publications Editor for IATEFL’s Young Learner and Teenagers Special Interest Group.

She’s passionate about young learner teacher professional development and has worked extensively in Primary ELT academic management. 

Webinars & videos

Join Amanda Davies for a series of webinars and videos which explore how you can implement assessment for learning in your classroom.

Key classroom strategies

Amanda Davies introduces some key strategies to help you integrate this concept as your everyday classroom routine.

Setting aims and criteria for success

Amanda Davies discusses learning objectives and success criteria as some of the key strategies of assessment for learning.

Monitoring students’ learning

Amanda Davies shares lots of practical tips and ideas on monitoring students' learning.

Peer learning

Amanda Davies shares some of her tried-and-tested ideas to encourage and support peer learning.

Independent learning

Amanda Davies shares some of her ideas on how to encourage independent learning.

Blog post

How to improve student engagement with assessment for learning

The new school year is the ideal time for a fresh start. After all, once young students are in a routine they can be resistant to change, and it’s hard to find time to experiment once teaching is underway.

But too many changes all at the same time are difficult for teachers to manage and might be overwhelming for young students. And in most cases, major changes are not necessary... Read more

Resources

Download these posters to use in the classroom and introduce your students to assessment for learning.

Developed for lower and upper secondary students, they can be used as classroom posters or a student's personal cheatsheet.