Developing Common Formative Assessments 2.0

Based on the work of Larry Ainsworth

Available Formats:
  • 30 Hours


This course focuses on ways educators, working in collaborative teams, can create their own common formative assessments (CFA) and implement them to interpret student understanding more correctly while adjusting their instruction accordingly to meet learner needs more effectively.

As part of this course, you will complete a series of design activities based on Larry Ainsworth’s Common Formative Assessments 2.0, which will result in a comprehensive and actionable CFA plan for your setting. Videos within the course of collaborative teaching teams illustrate each of the CFA 2.0 design steps.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use the CFA 2.0 design steps to upgrade your own assessments
  • Determine the learning intentions and student success criteria for a unit of study
  • Evaluate and revise assessment questions for quality
  • Plan learning progressions that enable students to attain learning intentions
  • Create, revise, and improve common formative assessments

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Course modules include:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Why CFAs?
  • Module 2: Being Assessment Literate
  • Module 3: The CFA Design Steps
  • Module 4: Priority Standards and Learning Intentions
  • Module 5: “Unwrapping” Big Ideas and Essential Questions
  • Module 6: Finalizing Unit Learning Intentions
  • Module 7: Writing Assessment Questions
  • Module 8: Scoring Guides and Pre-Assessing
  • Module 9: Evaluating Quality of CFAs
  • Module 10: Learning Progressions and Quick Progress Checks
  • Module 11: CFA 2.0 Results
  • Capstone Project

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