Formative Assessment – An Underdeveloped Skill

In teacher training programs there is a substantial amount of time spent discussing formative and summative assessments. The differences between the two, the applications of each, and how to use the information collected from them. Summative assessments tend to be fairly cut and dry for the most part. They happen at the end of a segment of learning. They are designed to measure student achievement of the skills and knowledge that segment focused on. They frequently take the form of a fairly standard test (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, etc…) The data derived from them “reflects” the level of achievement that each student has attained and will act as their final score in that category. Most students, teachers, administrators, and parents are very well versed in the art of summative assessments. 

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