Comparing Assessments

formative and summative assessments

Key Ideas from Assesment for Learning video

  • Student lead learning
  • Teacher's role is a guide and coach, not lecturer.
  • Check for understanding and give the students tools to problem solve and further their understanding.

Using formative assessment every step of the way. Example are:

  • Ending lesson with evaluative questions.
  • Two stars and a wish: Two things students understand, and one they wish they knew better.
  • Checklist that sto upport student feedback to each other.
  • Green, Yellow, and Red to help determine how well students understand content. Green= good understanding, Yellow= needs some more information, Red= I am lost.

Rystad, M. (2013, April 7). Assessment for learning [Video file]. Retrieved from

My own ideas about formative and summative assessments

There is a place in the classroom for both formative and summative assessments. Teachers need to know what students know in order to move forward (formative assessment). They also need a way to check what students have learned (summative assessments).
I think that informal formative assessments need to be done by the teacher almost at a constant bases. This means that the teacher is always looking for understanding, and information that will help them guide the student's learning. The more the teacher knows and understands about where the students are at in their learning and understanding the better they will be able to support them.
Summative assessments are apart of the learning process, there has to be a way to see how much a student has learned. Standardized test are a form of summative assessments. Although now with all that is riding on the the standardize testing, it has been placed in the spotlight of focus in the classroom when it should be on the back burner.

How both formative and summative assessments could be implemented to create an effective classroom environment

Assesments should be used for more than checking for students knowledge of the content. They should be used to guide the teacher in planning for and guiding their students.

Heather Pantley

EDU 650
Week 4 dissucsion