Posted: Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:43am Updated: Wed, 06/05/2019 - 4:40pm

Vision and Purpose

Formative assessments and the use of their data to guide classroom instruction at the individual student level result in increased academic success. Indiana’s Formative Assessment Grant provides funding to schools for formative assessment programs, tools, and professional development in order to increase data-driven instructional practices and enrich learning for all students.


All Indiana public school corporations, charter schools, and accredited nonpublic schools (including choice schools) are eligible to apply for this grant. Assessment programs and tools are targeted for students in grades K through 10.

2019-2020 Information for Schools

2018-2019 Information for Schools

Information for Assessment Program Vendors

The Office of Student Assessment will accept applications for program approvals beginning January 1, 2019. Interested providers should review the documentation below for application instructions and requirements.

Professional Development

Research reveals that formative assessment practices increase student knowledge, skills, conceptualization, and motivation, resulting in increased learning gains and growth. The Department is providing professional development opportunities and supports for teachers and administrators. These resources will assist schools in understanding and implementing formative assessment practices to make more informed instructional decisions and increase student growth.

Learning Progression Guided by Formative Assessment

Chart is a modified version of Learning Progressions from the Iowa Department of Education.

Targeting Student Needs using Formative Assessment I

This training introduces formative assessment by building foundational understanding of formative and summative assessment practices. The Learning Progression Guided by Formative Assessment process is explained and explored. Interviews with teachers and clips of classroom practice show formative assessment and targeted instruction in action. This is the first in a series of training presentations surrounding data-driven instruction and formative practices.

Targeting Student Needs using Formative Assessment II

The purpose of this training is to explore a self-reflective rubric for formative practices and provide educators with ideas for formative strategies that can be used in the classroom.


Office of Student Assessment