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Classroom Assessment

Formative & Summative Assessment of Learning and Teaching in the Classroom

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Formative Assessment, at its most basic, is ungraded, usually anonymous, feedback by students on either a student’s impression of his or her own learning or a student’s opinions about elements of the course.

The most frequently cited resource for formative assessment is Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT) by Angelo and Cross. A summary of several CAT techniques can be found here.

For more information, we have Angelo and Cross’ book in our center’s library. You can also read more about CATS for STEM fields at:

Summative Assessment refers to graded work, such as test, papers and projects. For more information on grading, see “How To” papers on creating rubrics and creating tests.

Read an article on levels of cognition developed and assessed in introductory courses.

Institutional and Programmatic Assessment at UT

For information on programmatic assessment and other issues pertaining to the SACS accreditation process, see our Program Assessment page.



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