Purpose of Assessments

The purpose of assessment is to gather relevant information about student performance or progress. Teachers can reflect on each student’s level of achievement, as well as on specific inclinations of the group, to customize their teaching plans.

Types of Assessments

Summative Assessments are state or district-wide standardized tests that measure grade-level proficiency, and end-of-year subject or course exams. An example of a summative assessment is MEA.

Formative assessment and summative assessment are two overlapping, complementary ways of assessing student progress in schools. While the common goal is to establish the development, strengths and weaknesses of each student, each assessment type provides different insights and actions for educators.