In this section, you’ll find resources, examples, and ideas for classroom assessment. Use the drop down menu on the main toolbar to navigate.

What are assessments?

Assessments are broken down into two types: formative and summative.

Formative assessment: Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning. Teachers use assessment information during the learning to diagnose student needs, plan next steps in instruction, provide students with targeted practice, and offer effective feedback.

Summative assessment: Assessment information used to provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a judgment about student competence or program effectiveness.

From Classroom Assessment for Student Learning by Jan Chappuis, Rick Stiggins, Steve Chappuis, and Judith Arter

Authentic Assessment

Authentic Assessment, as you can imagine, means assessing learning by having students do something real, as opposed to a more traditional testing approach.

Sometimes it is not feasible to have completely authentic assessment for time, financial or safety reasons. For example, if your students are learning about putting out forest fires, you can’t very likely set a forest on fire to give them an authentic experience of trying to contain it. However, it is a good goal to try to be as authentic as possible in your learning experiences, including assessment.