Formative assessments are an invaluable tool utilized by educators to indicate educational growth and progress in students. Gust Elementary School in Denver has begun to utilize student self-assessment, with some indicators of success.

Students are given a rubric, or key indicator of what their work ‘should’ look like. With the guidance of their teacher, they make corrections as needed. The advocates behind self-assessment claim that students learn more by being given the opportunity to analyze their own work and make the necessary corrections. By involving students in the process, they are able to track their own educational growth. Ultimately, it has students becoming more invested in their education.

The faculty and students at Gust stand by their model. Students have embraced it and educators claim real progress. Self-assessment is popping up in schools and districts around the country. If you have had experience utilizing this model, please share your experiences in the comment section!

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