Formative Instructional Practices (FIP)


The Washington-Nile Local School District along with other schools across the state of Ohio is working to implement the Formative Instructional Practices Process.  Formative assessments are on-going assessments, reviews and observations in each classroom that teachers use to improve instruction and provide student feedback throughout the year.  The goal across the state is to make every school a FIP school. 


Our district needs the support of our school community and parents.  The Ohio Department of Education is providing educators with professional development opportunities that support the adoption of these practices across the state.  As teachers implement this training into their daily practice, you should expect changes. 


Seven Keys to the FIP Process


  1. Clear learning targets drive the teaching and learning process. 
  2. Teachers and students work together to collect evidence of learning 
  3. Students take ownership of their learning. 
  4. Effective feedback moves learning forward and fosters students’ independent thinking by guiding them in the right direction.
  5. Students will be assessed by formative assessments.  The results of formative assessments are used to modify and validate instructions. 
  6. Since formative assessments are considered part of learning, they need not be graded as a formal or summative assessment.  Therefore, they serve as a guide for teacher’s decision making about future instruction. 
  7. When incorporated into the classroom practice, the formative assessment process provides information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are still happening. 


Thanks for your support of the Washington-Nile Local School District.