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What is the Difference Between Formative and Summative Assessments?
Formative: Summative:
Understandable to the Learner
  • Allows students to gain a deep understanding of learning goals
  • Help demonstrate proficiency in each standard
  • Designed by teachers
  • Feedback is used to adjust instruction
  • In-class discussions
  • Low-stakes group work
  • 1-minute reflection writing assignments
  • Homework Assignments
  • Surveys
Designed to evaluate and report on cumulative student learning
Data from summative assessments:
  • are derived from a variety of sources, not just standardized or statewide test
  • can answer whether ALL students have met the standards successfully
  • should be used strategically with formative and interim data to inform teaching and learning
  • provides key information for conversations around student learning
  • Instructor-created exams
  • Standardized tests
  • Final Projects
  • Final Essays
  • Final Presentations
  • Final Reports
  • Final Grades
Formative and Summative Everyday Assessment Tools
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Screeners and Assessment Windows
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State Test and CCUSD Data
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