Glossary: Formative vs Summative Assessment

The difference lays mostly in how the results of the assessment are meant to be applied. Formative Assessment (aka Instructionally Supportive): Feedback on how a student is learning, as they are learning. Describes areas of relative strength/weakness within a student’s understanding of a topic so that future instruction can be iterated for this student. eg. Asking a student to summarize

Assessment Literacy Training and Teacher’s Conceptions of Assessment

Teachers with no or little training of any sort in assessment were equally committed to using assessment to improve teaching and learning and to demonstrate student accountability as those with considerable training.