Formative Assessment

"Formative assessment refers to assessments given primarily to determine what students have learned in order to plan further instruction during the instructional episode. By contrast, an examination used primarily to document students' achievement at the end of a unit or course is considered a summative test. "

Source: "Adapted from: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Lexicon_of_Learning/F.aspx "

Contextual Use: The teacher's use of formative assessment allowed her to adjust her daily lessons and instructions in order to maximize just in time learning.

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