chapter  6
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Test Follow-Up as a Formative Assessment Strategy

The focus of this chapter is on how teachers follow up after tests, in other words, on the formative use of tests designed primarily for summative purposes. The chapter provides teacher and student perceptions that cast light on potential pros and cons of various FUST strategies. The discussion also includes student and teacher perceptions of the role of tests and their relationship to student learning and affect. In short, the main aims of the chapter are to discuss examples of FUST practice from three of our case study schools and to use this discussion to probe the relationship between summative and formative assessment. The focus on various sub-themes of the research varies from school to school, so there are sometimes slightly different emphases among data in the three schools and how they are presented. This is consistent with our approach of allowing themes to emerge from the investigations in the schools.