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FaSMEd is a design research project in science and mathematics education. The focus is on supporting teachers in the use of formative assessment, supported by the use of technology, with low achieving students. The project is funded by the European Union and includes nine partners from eight countries. Select the appropriate country flag to find out more about each partner.

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The toolkit

This website hosts the toolkit developed by the research project. Some teachers helped to develop the toolkit by using it, allowing us to observe them using it, giving us their feedback and advising us.
The toolkit comprises three main sections:

  • Research and theory about formative assessment. The section outlines: principles for effective formative assessment; formative assessment and technology; the framework developed by FaSMEd to help us think about using technology for formative assessment; and a glossary of terms.
  • Tools for formative assessment. This includes ideas for classroom activities, mostly in the form of lesson plans. These are organised by the age of the students, within three overarching categories: mathematics, science and time-distance graphs (which presents all partners’ adaptations of a particular lesson).
  • Professional development resources. These include a set of six professional development modules designed to help teachers use formative assessment more effectively in their classrooms. The resources also include a theoretical section on principles for effective professional development and a practical section on ways in which professional development can be organised.



Formative assessment in Science and Mathematics Education (FaSMEd)
The Research Centre for Learning and Teaching
Newcastle University