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Summative Assessment

Summative assessment, also referred to as long-cycle assessment, refers to the assessment of learning at a particular point in time and typically have higher stakes for the student and/or teacher. Summative assessment is meant to summarize a learner’s development and frequently takes the form of end of unit tests, essays, culminating projects, semester finals, and state-level annual tests. Similar to interim assessments, they occur at specific points in the academic year and serve an important role within the balanced system.

At the classroom level, summative assessment is generally used as part of the grading process. At the school and district level, common summative assessment is used to inform decisions about student placement, certification, curriculum and school- and district-wide implementation of programs. At the state level, annual standardized assessments are administered to establish if enough students are meeting required standards to inform superintendents, school boards, legislators and the public.

Summative Assessment Services

Understanding the CAASPP Assessments - Unable to attend CAASPP Institutes, or wish to learn with a collaborative team at your own school site? The assessment team is here to help, with support on the Smarter Balanced Interims and Summative, ELPAC, CAST and CA Alternative Assessments. Examine tools such as the digital library and assessment blueprints, review various item types and design, analyze items and results, and determine program or instructional steps based on assessment data.

CAASPP Workshop Series 

The closure of schools and the cancellation of summative assessments has resulted in an information gap on student progress. To support reengagement and recovery efforts, the CAASPP workshops are designed to assist districts and schools interested in using the SBAC interim assessment system to measure student performance as students enter the 2020-21 school year. 

Leveraging the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment - Learn how to leverage the Smarter Balanced interim assessment at your school or district. Become familiar with the different types of interim assessments and various ways of implementing them, depending on purpose and context. 

Hand Scoring the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments - Take a deep dive into the hand scoring resources and tools available through Smarter Balanced interim assessment systems. Understand the importance of performance task items and how they can provide valuable information to educators as they gauge student progress. 

Exploring the California Educator Reporting System (CERS) - Understand how to access the various reports available in the California Educator Reporting System (CERS). Discover the features available in CERS that can help educators with viewing and analyzing assessment results for planning instruction. 

State Assessment Program Resources

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