FAME Research and Development

Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME) continually invests in program improvement by studying the program’s effects on teachers and students. The FAME Research and Development (R&D) team, under the leadership of Ed Roeber, also engages in development and evaluation of resources used in the FAME program.  Comprehensive evaluation reports are written each year. The newest R&D effort is a collection of Focus on FAME resources that summarize various R&D outcomes with implications for current and future FAME participants.

Overview of FAME R&D Activities

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What We’re Working On

The FAME Research and Development Team carries out three types of work in support of the FAME program. Some of the key activities of each type are described below.

Research Studies

The FAME R&D team is currently conducting several research studies:

  • Developing criteria to identify teachers who are effective users of the formative assessment process (“hot-spot” classrooms);
  • Developing criteria to identify schools and/or districts who effectively promote and support educator use of the formative assessment process (“hot-spot” schools and districts);
  • Continuing to examine the ways in which new and returning FAME Learning Teams study and learn to use formative assessment practices; and
  • Surveying and interviewing FAME Coaches regarding the ways in which long-term FAME teams have been able to work on the use of the formative assessment process for three or more years.

Resource Development

The FAME R&D team also creates new resources for FAME Coaches and Learning Team members. Current work includes:

  • Developing a going-deeper guide on student peer and self-assessment;
  • Developing a going-deeper guide on providing descriptive feedback;
  • Developing guides for the use of formative assessment in content areas, to demonstrate how disciplinary knowledge and formative assessment practice build on and support one another;
  • Summarizing the optimal conditions for effective learning about formative assessment practices at the district, school, and classroom levels; and
  • Developing new case studies on effective formative assessment learning by various types of FAME teams.

Professional Learning

The FAME R&D team creates professional learning resources and strategies for use in the FAME program to increase the effectiveness of program efforts. This year the team is:

  • Developing procedures for interested educators to visit and observe the use of the formative assessment process in “hot-spot” classrooms, schools, and districts; and
  • Creating an advanced formative assessment learning program for long-term FAME teams.
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How can administrators support teacher learning about formative assessment and the FAME program?

How can administrators support teacher learning about formative assessment and the FAME program?

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What strategies do schools use to effectively integrate FAME into other state, district, or school initiatives?

Learn about strategies schools use to effectively integrate FAME into other state, district, and school initiatives.

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Through the Lens: The use of video for professional development in FAME

This Focus on FAME publication explains the importance of self-reflection to teacher growth, and describes how to use video and FAME's Formative Assessment Self-Reflection Guide for professional development.

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What are the optimal conditions for implementing formative assessment (and the FAME program) in the classroom?

This Focus on FAME publication describes three necessary conditions for successful implementation of formative assessment practices.

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Principles of Formative Assessment (Margaret Heritage & FAME Leads)

This Focus on FAME publication presents twelve principles that undergird formative assessment practices. They were developed by leaders of the Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME) team after a deep examination of exemplary formative assessment practices in several elementary and secondary school classrooms.

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What are the benefits of using the formative assessment process?

This Focus on FAME publication describes the significant benefits that formative assessment offers for teachers and students. It presents evidence that shows formative assessment to be a cost-effective approach to improving student achievement, and increasing teacher satisfaction and effectiveness, along with many added benefits.

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Case Studies

The FAME Research and Development Team gathers information on FAME approaches with the potential to be replicated in districts across Michigan. Explore these success stories!

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The Springport FAME Learning Team—Support for Teachers, Growth for Students

FAME Learning Team members at Springport High School say their time together has become a crucial factor in their own professional growth. Their FAME Learning Team serves as a catalyst to take their learning into their classroom practice with a focus on helping students achieve.

  • Professional learning and support for teachers
  • Growth in student achievement
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The Kingsley Story: A Principal Embraces Instructional Leadership

A new principal addresses achievement gaps by using state and local assessment data to draft a school improvement plan that included Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME).

  • Principal leadership and long-term commitment
  • Integration of FAME into additional strategies
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There’s Always Something Good Happening in Corunna

A district-wide initiative to provide and support professional development for teachers includes encouragement to participate in the FAME professional learning model on formative assessment. (Includes video)

  • Intentional integration of formative assessment
  • “All-in” district-wide approach
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There’s STILL Always Something Good Happening in Corunna!

During our original visit to Corunna, we found a strong and deep commitment to the expansion and support of FAME throughout the district. Chapter 2 of their story highlights the ways in which the district is continuing the good work already started, is expanding to more teachers, and plans to sustain the program long term.

  • Expanding to all teachers
  • Sustaining FAME long-term
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The Muskegon Story: Building Trust, Raising Expectations

Working together, an entire county uses the FAME professional learning model to learn and apply formative assessment practices in the classroom.

  • County-wide implementation
  • Sustained success due to administrator commitment
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The Hesperia Story: The Focus is on the Students

An administrator is committed to overcoming the challenges associated with the principalship by helping teachers maximize their efforts and the needs of an ever-changing and ever-challenging population.

  • Principal Leadership
  • Focus on Students
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Those who can TEACH…and teach EFFECTIVELY!

This case study reveals the power of a district whose effective teachers prepare students to excel—and that hosted a FAME Showcase to recognize teachers’ implementation of the formative assessment process and the positive effects on students.

  • Importance of administrative support
  • Effective teaching, increased student learning
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Think You Know About Formative Assessment … Think Again!

Many classroom teachers think they understand formative assessment and believe they are using it with their students. This was certainly true for a group of experienced teachers in Traverse City, Michigan. But they soon realized there is more to the formative assessment process than meets the eye!

  • Commitment to FAME and a team approach
  • Empowered teachers, invested and engaged students
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Lakeland High School: A Close Look at a First-Year FAME Learning Team

This case study showcases a first-year Coach and Learning Team at Lakeland High School—how they started and how their first year unfolded. Reflections from the assistant principal and teachers provide valuable information about what it’s like to start a FAME Learning Team.

  • Active administrator involvement
  • Reflections on starting a Learning Team
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Report Abstracts and Articles

Blakeslee, Chandler, Roeber, and Kintz – Accentuate the Formative

This article showcases Michigan teachers using rubrics and video to improve their practices.

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2018-19 FAME Development and Evaluation Activities

In this 2018-19 report, the FAME Research and Development Team describes findings related to FAME participant needs, ways in which the FAME resources are used, and additional resources to enhance the program.

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2017-18 Development and Evaluation Activities

This summary of the 2017-18 FAME Research and Development activities includes information about FAME outcomes and resources created by the team.

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Meet our R&D Team

The Research and Development (R&D) team develops and evaluates FAME resources.

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