Formative VS Summative Assessment
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Formative VS Summative Assessment

Formative Assessment vs. Summative Assessment

Formative Assessment

Summative Assessment

To benefit student learning and guide teaching

Must be authentic, fait, differentiated, and reflected upon often.

Purpose: to monitor and improve student learning

Purpose: to evaluate and measure

student learning

Occurs before and during learning; measures student comprehension to determine next steps

Occurs after learning takes place; used to report on student achievement of learning goals

Tools: observations, journals, student conferences, anecdotal records, checklists, self- and peer-assessment,

Documentation is key

Tools: portfolios, projects, observations, rubrics, student journals,

Descriptive Feedback: extremely valuable when it is personalized, timely and directly references learning goals and co-created success criteria

aka: Assessment for learning

Assessment as learning

aka: Assessment of learning

publish time: 2021-03-30

Here is a Venn diagram of formative vs. summative assessment. The purpose of formative assessment is to monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback to staff and students. The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark. Learn more details from this Venn diagram, and try to make yours for comparison now!

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