Assessment Types

Formative - Summative - Interim

Formative Assessment

Informal way of evaluating what students know.


Examples: white board work, exit tickets


Data: Percentage of students that have mastered the concept. Can be used as self-assessment. Can use the data from formative assessment to create workshop groups or partners.

Interim Assessment

Guides and tracks student learning. Scored based on the standards and expectations from summative assessments. Helps the teacher see where the students need more practice.


Example: Performance Tasks, Progress monitoring


Data: Progress towards the end goal. WIll produce data that shows gaps in learning. Can identify patterns in learning of individual students.

Summative Assessment

Formal assessment at the end of the unit. Measures student progress throughout the unit.


Examples: Test, State Tests, End of Unit Project


Data: Can determine reading and math proficiency. Compared against the standards and based on the average to create a percentile. Data will show overall mastery of skills within a unit.

Relationship between all 3

The three different types of assessment are used to drive your instruction. You use them all throughout a unit, but in different ways.


You use formative assessment daily to help guid instruction for the summative assessment.

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