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What are the differences between classroom formative, interim, and summative assessments?

Classroom formative assessments measure student performance on specific student expectations to inform a teacher's instructional choices, immediate adjustments to unit plans, or changes to lessons (Examples: class quizzes, exit tickets).

Interim assessments measure a student's understanding of a broader span of student expectations to monitor progress, predict summative performance, and identify students for intervention (Examples: benchmarks, STAAR interim assessments).

Summative assessments measure student mastery of a broader span of student expectations at the end of an instructional unit to determine the effectiveness of the program (Examples: student portfolios, STAAR summative assessment).

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