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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