Summative assessment

What is Summative assessment ?

Summative assessment often takes place after the learning and gives us an indication of where the pupils’ level of understanding has been at certain points in time and what has been achieved.  To achieve Summative assessment effectively information about pupils have to be gathered over an ‘ instructional period or through an end period of project’( Harlen,2007) . After all the information has been collected the pupils level of achievement will be represented by a grade. This information will often be shared with parents and future schools.

Summative assessment in the Early years  

In the Early years Summative assessment takes place twice. The first is when the child is between 24-36 months and the outcomes are recorded. Together practitioners will identify the child’s strengths and weaknesses.

The second summative assessment will take place towards the end of reception and will ‘sum up’ all of the different information gathered from an on-going assessment that has been made about the child.

In the Early years Summative assessment can be achieved through the children taking part in a focus activity allowing them to use a range of skills and concepts.  The educator will assess them against two or three objectives.

Click here to read  watch a video on  Summative assessment in Key stage one.

Now that you have read about Summative and Formative assessment,  I hope that you can see that both play a vital role in primary education.  However, Despite Assessment playing a vital role  in schools there are many issues and debates on which method is most effective.

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