Formative and Summative Assessments
Freedom from Grades
Free yourself from the thought that everything needs to have a grade. Formative Assessments need to be used as a stepping stone to Summative Assessments. Students will use as many of the stepping stones as needed to get to the "final" assessment. The importance is not the grade but making sure each student understands the material BEFORE the summative.
We can all agree Summatives are important. Ever hear of a little something called the STAAR Test??? However, summatives are not the time to realize a student does not understand a concept. This is where the students should shine and show off their work and what they KNOW. This should not be a gottcha moment.