Teachers record both formative and common summative assessments in the PowerSchool gradebook for students and parents to view. Formative assessments are practice opportunities, usually narrow in their focus and designed to check for understanding. Formative assessments, which can include work done both at home and in the classroom, can be calculated into a student's grade up to 10 percent. When formative assessment is calculated into a student's grade, there will be some meaningul feedback from the teacher on the work. Formative assessments give students practice and meaningful feedback on their progress toward benchmark mastery, and they prepare students for summative assessments.
Common summative assessments are collaboratively created by all teachers of a given course and are aligned to benchmarks. Some examples of common summative assessments are tests, quizzes, research projects, essays, presentations, and/or reports. These assessments are designed to assess mastery of any one or multiple benchmarks. Quality summative assessments range in size and scope depending on their focus and the number of benchmarks being evaluated.
Common summative assessments are used to inform a student’s progress at any given time and/or the student’s final grade. Summative assessments are aligned and recorded in PowerSchool according to benchmarks. Teachers use collaboratively created rubrics to evaluate student performance on common summative assessments and to provide meaningful feedback to students.