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Summative Assessment

CBSE Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment is carried out at the end of a course of learning. It measures or ‘sumsup’ how much a student has learned from the course. It is usually a graded test, i.e., it is marked according to a scale or set of grades. Assessment that is predominantly of summative nature will not by itself be able to yield a valid measure of the growth and development of the child. It, at best, certifies the level of achievement only at a given point of time. The paper pencil tests are basically a one-time mode of assessment and to exclusively rely on them to decide about the development of a child is not only unfair but also unscientific.

Over emphasis on examination marks focusing on only scholastic aspects makes children assume that assessment is different from learning, resulting in the ‘learn and forget’ syndrome. Besides encouraging unhealthy competition, the overemphasis on Summative Assessment system also produces enormous stress and anxiety among the learners.

Features of Summative Assessment

  • Assessment of learning
  • Generally taken by students at the end of a unit or semester to demonstrate the “sum” of what they have or have not learned.
  • Summative assessment methods are the most traditional way of evaluating student work.

Type of Questions:

  • Objective type
  • Short Answer
  • Long Answers

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