Summative Assessment Is The Primary Focus Essay

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In much of education today, summative assessment is the primary focus; certainly in Texas, where I have taught for the past twelve years, schools have applied much of their efforts to the TAAS, TAKS, and now STAAR. Given, however, that these tests occur on a single day once a year per assessment, the focus placed on them is quite out of proportion; once they are done, the opportunity for students to improve has passed. Instead, assessment that takes into account a variety of performances, that gives educators a better idea of the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and that is a fundamental part of the learning process is needed. In Scenario1, the final grade for the course consists of multiple-choice quizzes, a final exam, and class participation, with scores and correct answers made available after the final (Concordia University, n.d.) and the bulk of the grade determined by the final exam. The fundamental characteristic of these assessments is that feedback is only given at the end, and thus, all three are assessments of learning. According to Manitoba Education, Citizenship, and Youth (2006), “assessment of learning refers to strategies designed to confirm what students know, demonstrate whether or not they have met curriculum outcomes or the goals of their individualized programs, or to certify proficiency…” (p. 55). While the multiple-choice quizzes in the scenario are weekly, and while class participation is ongoing, because the feedback from these does not occur…

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