"Summative assessment is a type of test intended to evaluate and document what students have learned. The term is used to distinguish such tests from formative tests, which are used primarily to diagnose what students have learned in order to plan further instruction. "

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Contextual Use: After the unit on Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the teacher assigned students a project as a summative assessment to evaluate what they had learned.

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