Formative Tasks

This section of the design lab offers you a set of core Formative Tasks that serve as the building blocks of performance-based assessments that are critical to college readiness. At reDesign, we differentiate between daily formative "checks for understanding," which are typically independent of summative tasks, and what we call "formative tasks," which are small tasks that build toward the end product (or summative task) that students work toward in each unit/module of study. Note that you can use these Formative Tasks just like building blocks - grouped or arranged however you like, as many as you like, and in whatever order that best suits your instructional goals. To download all eight collections, click here.



As you explore each of the eight core "blocks" of our formative tasks, remember that the process and skills embedded in each task are transferable, meaning that they will be relevant across multiple types of performance assessments. For example, whether you are writing a research paper, crafting an argumentative essay, or developing a presentation, you will always begin by identifying your topic and questions and determining your audience and purpose. Click on the blocks above to access the Formative Tasks that make up each collection.