Integrating Formative and Summative Assessment: Progress Toward a Seamless System? (2011)

OECD Working Paper No. 58

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In this paper, the author looks at the prospects for integrating formative and summative assessments.

Formative assessment involves monitoring student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning, while summative assessment is used to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by measuring it against some standard or benchmark.

Currently there are important technical barriers to this kind of seamless integration, the author says. Nevertheless, there are a number of promising developments in the field. There is ongoing research aimed at both improving testing and measurement technologies, and at strengthening classroom-based formative assessment practices.

Improved integration of formative and summative assessment will require investments in new testing technologies, teacher training and professional development, and further research and development.

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Janet W. Looney. Integrating Formative and Summative Assessment: Progress Toward a Seamless System? 2011. Web. 13 Aug. 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5kghx3kbl734-en>
Janet W. Looney (2011). Integrating Formative and Summative Assessment: Progress Toward a Seamless System?. Retrieved August 13, 2020, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5kghx3kbl734-en
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