Formative assessment focuses on student learning and the notion that instruction and assessment are reciprocal in nature. In this study circle, participants will explore ways to plan instruction with the end in mind to help adult English language learners demonstrate their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practitioners will examine formative assessment processes and tools for their potential usefulness. They will also examine student work together and generate ideas for providing effective descriptive feedback as well as determining appropriate next steps in teaching. Effective ways to involve students in self-assessment will be a central focus. Participants will develop and implement a plan to explore a new formative assessment process in their own classroom and share this work with others in the study circle. The learning community will be designed so that everyone can learn from and provide feedback to one another during the action-planning and implementation process.