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Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment

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The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark. Summative assessments are often high stakes and impact grading.

Examples of summative assessments for classroom film projects include:

• a completed (and collaboratively made) short documentary/narrative/ animation project

• a student-organized film festival featuring student-made work, organized and promoted by the students themselves

Information from summative assessments can be used formatively when students or faculty use it to guide their efforts and activities in subsequent courses.

Lower stakes assessment methods such as formative assessment will enable teachers and students to engage in a dialogue about the learning process and to measure student learning in real time.

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