Assessment

Assessment

A balanced assessment approach allows for learning to occur with feedback that is formative and summative.  Formative assessment is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures employed by teachers during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment.  It typically involves qualitative feedback (rather than scores) for both student and teacher that focuses on the details of content and performance.  This feedback allows students to understand where improvements are needed and how they can take corrective action to learn the necessary content.  It is commonly contrasted with summative assessment, which seeks to monitor educational outcomes, often for purposes of external accountability, and for grading purposes.

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