A-Games Project

Using Games for Formative Assessment: The A-Games Project

Posted by Andrew Gardner on

We’re thrilled to be able to tell you about the A-Games Project, a newly published study that looks at the use of digital learning games for formative assessment. This project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by researchers Barry Fishman (University of Michigan) and Jan Plass (New York University),  explored using games for assessment within the contexts of Math, ELA/Social Studies and Science.

Phase 1 of the study involved a nationwide teacher survey, designed to determine common approaches to game-based learning and formative assessment. Next, through observation and interviews with teachers, the researchers looked at the effectiveness of using the games and related features on GameUp, our educational games portal, for conducting formative assessment.

We’re confident that both teachers and game designers will find the research insightful. Educators will gain a new perspective on effective game implementation in school, and how to apply game data – or “digital artifacts” – to assess student progress. Designers will get new guidance on building mechanics and features into their games that help teachers use them for formative assessment.

We hope you’ll take a look at the reports from both phases of the study. And if you’re using games for formative assessment with your students, let us know about it in the comments section!