CESP Announces New Jersey Department of Education Grant Award for Using Formative Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning

The Center for Effective School Practices at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education (RU GSE) has received a grant award through the New Jersey Department of Education (NJ DOE) to support the increasing need to improve New Jersey educators’ data literacy to support assessment-driven ELA instruction. The grant award will support a two-year Formative Assessment program, designed to meet the specific needs of the professional learning community at Red Bank Borough Public Schools. The goals and objectives of the program have been developed in close collaboration with school leaders in the district, and with the important input from the NJ DOE.

The Formative Assessment program will be based on professional learning activities, developed with the academic expertise of several RU GSE faculty members – Dr. Flores, Dr. Francois, Dr. Gitomer and the Project Director – Dr. Blitz. The program was designed to inform and support educators in developing appropriate assessments for improving teaching and students’ academic outcomes. Importantly, the Formative Assessment program activities are developed in the context of the currently existing educational initiatives in the district such as the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and Teacher evaluation, among others. The Formative Assessment program will enable Red Bank Borough Public Schools’ educators to work productively in collaboration with colleagues, by taking advantage of the district’s current professional learning networks.