Summative Assessment

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Definition: Assessment that takes place at the end of a lesson, unit, or course of study. Formally evaluates student learning of a specific range of content.

Why it matters: It provides formal evaluation of the student’s learning and the teacher’s instruction. It can be compared across students, classes, schools, states, and even countries. It allows for student and teacher comparison/evaluation and informs overall education objectives.

Example of use: End of unit test, end of course exam, and high stakes testing associated with No Child Left Behind.

References:
Black, P. J. (1998). Testing, friend or foe?: the theory and practice of assessment and testing (Vol. 3). Psychology Press.

Duckett, B. (2009). A Dictionary of Education. Reference Reviews, 23(5), 21-22.

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