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Assesment takes on many forms in the Kuztown Area School District. The two main types of assessments are detailed below. Click on the links to the left to learn more about specific assessments at KASD. 

Assessment Types

Source: PDE SAS 

A summative assessment …

  • Seeks to make an overall judgment of progress made at the end of a defined period of instruction.
  • Occurs at the end of a grade level, course, or unit.
  • May be administered at certain grades for purposes of state or local accountability.
  • Examples include:
    • unit tests, projects, speeches, essays, etc.
    • mid-terms
    • final exams
    • state tests (PSSA, Keystones) 

A formative assessment…

  • Refers to a process integrated into instruction and learning, rather than a particular kind of assessment.
  • Involves collecting evidence about how student learning is progressing during the course of instruction
  • Provides teachers and students with feedback so that necessary instructional adjustments can be made to support learning.
  • Examples include:
    • questioning strategies
    • active engagement check-ins (i.e. response cards, white boards, think-pair-share)
    • exit tickets
    • analysis of student work based on rubrics and standards
    • journal entries

 A diagnostic assessment...

  • Provides in-depth information relative to a student's strengths and needs 
  • Is often used to individualize instruction as it pinpoints specific skill deficits and areas for enrichment
  • May be used by teachers to differentiate instruction and by students in order to set personal goals for growth and achievement
  • Examples include: