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Formative Assessments: Examples, Types & Definition

Instructor: Mary Firestone
Find out what formative assessments are and the part they play in the learning process. Learn about the types of formative assessments and review the examples. Read the lesson, then take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

Definition

Formative assessments are a part of the instruction process where students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their learning. The assessments are 'formative' because the results don't determine a grade, but they do determine the direction instruction will take. Teachers may change the lesson content or any number of things after a formative assessment to help students successfully complete the unit. Summative assessments, on the other hand, are the type that show how much a student has learned by taking an exam or quiz for a grade.

Types and Examples of Formative Assessments

Formative assessments are a discovery process that may involve direct questioning or reflection on the part of the student. Below are some of the ways you might choose to do a formative assessment:

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