Cool Visuals to Explain Summative and Formative Assessment

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 WTCS Assessment Conference.  One of the sessions I attended was Teachable Moments:  Formative Assessment for student Success by Dr. Nancy Chapko and Dr. Meg Hunter.  At this session they shared these two visuals which struck me as a great visual way to explain the difference between Summative and Formative Assessment.  In the ice climbing visual, Summative assessment is like the Summit and formative assessments are the foot holds that you help you reach the end result, the summit.

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