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 Summative Data Analysis and Interpretation Workshop - Engage in a data analysis protocol that supports building knowledge of claim and target level reporting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and action planning. Learn how specific resources can support instructional planning connected to the standards and assessment targets as part of a balanced assessment system. Bring a team to maximize the potential for taking next steps to support teaching and learning for the 2018-19 school year.
State Assessment Program Resources
Smarter Balanced Resources:
Archived State Reports