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6.4 Summative Assessments

A summative assessment is a check of what has been learned at a specific point in time, such as at the end of a lesson, unit, or course. It is based on cumulative learning experiences, tests for achievement, and mastery of specific performance objectives. The teacher’s role is to evaluate student performance. The assessment is rigorous and the focus is on the result or product. Depending on age and level, summative assessments may include performance tasks, oral interviews, written reports, projects, and external examinations.

The following are some examples of summative assessments:

  • Benchmark tests
  • End-of-course exams
  • Performance tasks
  • ELP: English Language Proficiency tests
  • ACCESS for ELLs: English Language Proficiency test
  • STAMP: Standard-based Measurement of Proficiency
  • IPA: Integrated Performance Assessment
  • SOPA: Student Oral Proficiency Assessment
  • ELLOPA: Early Language Listening and Oral Proficiency Assessment
  • NOELLA: National Online Early Language Learning Assessment
  • OPI: Oral Proficiency Interview by ACTFL
  • WPT: Written Proficiency Test by ACTFL
  • National Language Examinations
  • AP: Advanced Placement Language exams

LinguaFolio includes formative and summative assessment samples, self-assessment of language competencies and intercultural experiences, as well as work samples that complete the “photo album” of a student’s performance.

Some school districts and entire states are using some of these formal assessments and recording them on LinguaFolio as overall evidence of learners’ language performance.

In this video, students learning English as a second language talk about ways that using LinguaFolio has helped them in other subject areas as well as with end-of-grade assessments. What reasons do they give and in what subject areas have they improved?

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Video transcript: “Summative Assessments: How Using LinguaFolio Helps With Other Assessments” (pdf)

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