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Balancing Formative and Summative Assessment

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Key Points

  • The assessment purpose determines how the assessment evidence will be used.
  • Summative assessment evidence is used to make a judgment regarding student performance.
  • Feedback is most effective during formative assessment, with benefits for both teachers and students.

Discussion Question

  • In preparation for an upcoming summative assessment, where might opportunities for formative feedback be integrated into the instructional sequence?

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