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Discuss the difference between formative and summative assessments. Give some examples of appropriate times to use each assessment in the classroom

How are norm-referenced tests different from criterion referenced assessments? Give real life examples of each.

What are some barriers to communication that should be avoided when problem solving with parents?

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1. Formative assessments are ones that assess a student's progress during a particular unit of study, and do not have to be formal. They don't even need to be a test or quiz. . For example, during a unit you might assess using a mini-quiz on a lesson, but you could also use an exit question (a few sentences that kids write in response to an important question at the end of the class), a lab that asks students to come to particular conclusions, or even a graphic organizer such as a venn diagram asking students to compare two concepts.

Summative assessment is end of unit assessment, and it "sums up" whether or not a student understood a particular course of study. These might include formal tests, essays, reports, or presentations on what a student learned. Both kinds of assessment should be used in order to regularly assess whether students are understanding lessons. Assessment should also drive ...

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This is an explanation of the different kinds of tests teacher use and are exposed to throughout their career. Different assessments have different purposes, and these are examined here.

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