Assessments are a part of every classroom, regardless of subject matter or grade level. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they can be used for a number of reasons. Sometimes, the differences between the types of assessments can be subtle. Many teachers will find that some subjects lend themselves really well to certain types of question formats (like multiple choice vs. short answer vs. essay), but the style of question shouldn’t be confused with the type of assessment. While there are many more, summative and formative assessments are probably two of the most widely used in education today. The handy infographic below takes a look at the main concepts of each type of assessment along with examples of each. Keep reading to learn more!
What’s the difference, anyway?
Some like to think of the two as helping one another out – the formative assessments check progress along the way, while the summative assessment serves sort of as the ‘end survey’. While that works as a simplified explanation, there’s much more to it.