Formative assessment practices are also a priority for the region; evidence has shown that these are among the most effective strategies for improving student performance in all areas.
Formative assessment can be described as frequent and informal assessment of student learning that identifies learning needs and allows teachers to adapt their teaching accordingly.
Some consider this as ‘checking-in’ with students for their understanding and identifying where extra support or teaching is needed. These practices can ensure that a greater number of students understand new concepts and that slower learners are identified and can receive the required support.
Given the number of students who are experiencing learning difficulties, formative assessment practices could have benefits across the region. These practices are powerful tools that can also improve teaching and learning for whole classes, as well as individual students.
It is recommended that regional entities, ministries of education, teacher education institutions, school leaders and teachers strengthen, develop and utilise formative assessment practices. Some recommendations for this are provided in the stakeholder recommendations.