This article provides practical tips for differentiating content, process and product within the same lesson.
Kesler ponders the worth of open- note tests in this blog post. His entire website is worth perusing.
"Save the Last Word" is a nice little formative alternative to the exit note or think-pair-share. This calls for a 30 minute conversation, but it could be done in small groups in five minutes. Students will need to practice this activity a few times to increase effectiveness. (To keep it light, play the song "Save the Last Dance for Me" each time you initiate the activity and it will serve as an audio cue for students to begin.)
The March, 2014 edition of Educational Leadership is full of articles regarding assessment. Here are a few of the best:
Formative Assessment in Seven Good Moves
How We Drive Students to Cheat
Thoughtful Assessment with the Learner in Mind
The Bridge Between Today's Lesson and Tomorrow's
Using Polling Techniques to Close Feedback Gaps