Formative assessment refers to any assessment task designed primarily to:
- Give feedback
- Help students improve
- Inform your teaching
Any assessment task can be formative. Tasks can include:
- Practice tests
- Diagnostic tests
- Practice assignments
- Practice tasks.
It not the nature of the assessment that makes it formative. Rather, it is what you intend to use it for that matters.
Often compared to summative assessment.
Synonyms: Assessment for Learning
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