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Aug 16, 2021 2021-08-16

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Culturally Relative Formative Assessments

A group of researchers and education entrepreneurs have launched Assessment for Good to help teachers understand how students aged 8 to 13 are starting to see themselves in the world—culturally, socially, and academically—and how that constantly shifting sense of self takes shape and can support learning. The assessment tools and strategies explore many facets of students’ identities, from the way they perceive themselves as learners to their race, gender, or disability, so teachers can better provide instruction that values the diversity of all their students. Assessment for Good is part of a larger initiative focused on tackling education challenges that disproportionately affect Black and Latinx students, and those from low-income families. That initiative, the Advanced Education Research & Development Fund, or AERDF, is supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Walton Family Foundation. AERDF also aims to double the number of Black and Latinx students and students experiencing poverty in grades 3–8 who are proficient in math, by building innovative math learning systems that strengthen executive function skills.

Cultural Awareness Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Assessment

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