SOESD / School Improvement Services / School-Wide Improvement / Response to Intervention / RtI Glossary
Formative Assessment: brief, frequent evaluation of skills as they are being developed. It is useful in making decisions about what and how to teach. It allows one to determine the success (or lack thereof) of an intervention or program during its implementation so that it can be changed in a timely manner to increase the likelihood that a student will achieve the goal (gain the skills necessary within the specified timeframe). It is “dynamic” because it shows movement.
Summative Assessment: occurs after teaching has taken place as a means of determining an “end result”. It is typically carried out for the purpose of grading students, such as at the end of a lesson or project and tells the evaluator what happened. Summative measures are also required by the state and provide information to the state and federal governments on how students are progress in general. It “sums up” the learning.
Intervention: planned strategies or activities designed to change student behavior.
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