Summative assessments help to answer these questions:
A summative assessment provides an overall snapshot of what students have learned at the end of a course or program. The purpose is to document student learning for transcripts, employers, legislators, and other external audiences. Students may not receive feedback on their performance other than possibly an overall grade or score. (Adapted from Assessing Student Learning, Linda Suskie, 2004).
In Wisconsin, summative assessment results are collected in over 349 programs to ensure graduates have the technical skills needed by employers.
For more information contact Robin Nickel in CETL at (608) 246-6413.