Foundation Skills/The assessment cycle/The role of formative assessment

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The role of formative assessment

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What is the difference between formative assessment and summative assessment?

Read through a description of these two types of assessment on the Carnegie Mellon University site, then write down two major differences between them.

  • To what extent do you use formative assessment in your courses?

You can find plenty of ideas for incorporating formative assessment in your courses on the West Virginia Department of Education web page Examples of Formative Assessment. As an example, observation can be used for formative assessment so, by clicking on observation, an explanation of how it can be used as formative assessment is offered.

For a quicker overview of a variety of examples of formative assessment, check out the YouTube video clip, Examples of formative evaluation, which was made using a Web 2.0 tool called Xtranormal.