Nicole Mooney

Primary Teacher

St. Mary's Primary Coatbridge

  • Assessment For Learning

What Happens When I Use Exit Passes In The Classroom?


A practitioner enquiry is about adapting current and future practice based on new information, insights or experiences. The purpose of this enquiry was to review the impact formative assessment strategy exit passes had on teaching and learning within the classroom.

Assessment is an integral part of day-to-day learning and teaching within the classroom with formative, summative and holistic assessment being a necessary component of the learning process. Research shows in order for assessment to function formatively, it needs to identify where learners are in their learning, where they are going and how to get there (William, 2004). Children must be provided with feedback at regular intervals to enable the highest attainment and achievement for all.


Exit passes are used at the end of a lesson for children to record what they have learned. This is seen as an effective formative assessment strategy as it highlights areas that children are struggling with and how feedback can be used to address these development needs, while also enabling teachers to assess how well pupils understand what they have learned (Marzano, 2012). Therefore the aim of this enquiry was to explore the impact exit passes had on teaching and learning within the classroom.

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