Formative assessment

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Formative assessment is a form of assessment designed specifically to provide feedback. The purpose is to stimulate or modify learning showing the gaps in the progress of education. It is different from summative assessment that has the goal to verify achievement of intended learning goals to allow passage to more advanced stages of education or set ranks in a group by the end of a study unit. Formative assessment should be frequent, non-judgmental and promote self-directed learning. It is especially effective when provided in a safe and supportive environment. The ultimate goal of formative assessment is to foster deep learning.

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