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Classroom Assessment KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Classroom Assessment KnowledgeBase is an online resource for state departments of education to use as part of their professional development efforts with districts and schools. Organized around five elements, it brings together concepts, how-to guidance, tools, and resources about classroom assessment.

Task 2: Create a Comfortable and Productive Environment in which to Conduct the Assessment

Guideline: Formative assessments are a means for teachers to provide feedback to students on how well they understand lesson concepts. As an informal tool, the assessments should be in harmony with instruction and consistent with class needs. Assessments should be conducted in a comfortable and productive environment.


Classroom Architect

Classroom Architect is an online tool enabling teachers to easily lay out their classroom.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools

This Environmental Protection Agency website provides tools to help schools maintain healthy indoor air quality.

Creating a Caring Context for Learning and Healthy Development

This one page brief from the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools offers a rationale for creating a caring learning environment within the classroom. Such an environment is necessary for the effective application of formative assessment.

Talking with Kids

How teachers interact with students impacts the effectiveness of formative assessments. This UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools brief offers teachers techniques to apply when talking with children.

Quiet Classrooms

As noted the Quiet Classrooms website, "Quiet Classrooms is an alliance of non-profit organizations working to create better learning environments in schools by reducing noise. It offers resources for students, teachers, administrators, parents and architects."

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.