Flexibility in Summative Assessment

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A teacher at McNally High School in Edmonton discussed how flexibility can be part of summative assessment in the classroom.

Key Points

  • Not all students are ready for summative assessment at the same time.
  • When a student's summative assessment results are inconsistent or surprising, the teacher uses conversations and observations to mediate judgments made about student performance.
  • Teachers have the responsibility to exercise informed professional judgment in regard to their classroom assessment practices.

Discussion Question

  • What are the potential drawbacks to a flexible approach to summative assessment? How might these be overcome in order to realize the benefits to student learning?

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