Research & Development

Formative Assessment

Experts agree that the effective use of formative assessment processes in every classroom could be a key to unlocking the potential of each student.

The MAC’s research and development team has decades of experience in the examination, development, and field testing of resources to equip educators in this area.

Current Research and Development Topics

Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME)

MAC researchers and developers engage in ongoing development and evaluation of resources used in the FAME program—an exciting professional learning initiative sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) that promotes teacher collaboration and planning for effective formative assessment practice.


Research Activities
The FAME Research & Development (R&D) Team, under the leadership of Dr. Ed Roeber, conducts research with coaches and learning teams, as well as on teacher and student use of formative assessment practices. Their ambitious research agenda includes participant surveys, field observation, and evaluation reports, as well as case studies of FAME implementation.

Development Activities
The FAME R&D Team also adds value to the FAME program by investing extensive time and energy in developing and refining the many resources available to FAME participants.  These resources empower FAME participants to deepen their understanding and use of formative assessment.

To learn more about the MAC’s Research and Development work, contact Ed Roeber at (517) 816-4520.

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