Getting to NTFBL (No Tests But For Learning) will take time and enormous energy to flip the current status quo overwhelmingly favoring summative assessment. But we can start with formative assessment’s greater adoption by classroom teachers. Formative assessment seeks “to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning.” More on that style of assessment here.
Here is a great list of formative tools that you should ask the teachers of your kids if they about them. Seriously: ask how much of the assessment conducted in your kid’s classes is formative and then ask whether they use any of the tools. HT to old friend, Jiangang Hao, for the above tools link. Now go fix yourself a screwdriver.