Summative Assessment


Summative Assessment in a Nutshell:

Occurs at the end of the instruction and assesses achievement based on the BC Ministry’s Prescribed Learning Outcomes.

This assessment answers the question, “What do the students know?”

Examples of Summative Assessment:

-      Quests (mid-unit), Unit Tests, Midterm Exams, & Final Exams

-      Major Projects & Formal Labs

-      Major Unit Assignments and Activities

        The actual weighting of these items depends on the unit of study.


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·         The Ministry of Education in BC has prescribed a set of “Learning Outcomes“ (PLOs) to be met by all students at the conclusion of each school year.

·         Each curriculum unit has its own specified PLOs.

·         We use summative tests, projects, labs, interviews, etc. To determine if each individual student “can do” the tasks specified in the PLOs, and to what extent these tasks are mastered or not.



· complete mastery of  the concept

· can demonstrate/articulate not only a finalized product, but also the process used to reach that finale (can show & explain all steps in complete detail)


·  majority mastery of the concept

·  can demonstrate/articulate a finalized product, but not necessarily the entire process used to reach that finale (can show all steps)


·  some mastery of the concept

·  can demonstrate/articulate process and/or answers more than ½ the time


·  basic understanding

·  can demonstrate/articulate process and/or answers about ½ the time


·  little understanding

·  difficulty demonstrating/articulating process and/or answers any time


·  VERY little understanding

·  needs more practice to learn the material


·  as a final grade = did not meet curriculum requirements and does not have necessary skills to move on to next curricular level

The grading skall is as follows:


86-100        - A  
73-85          - B  
67-72          - C+  
60-66          - C  
50-59          - C-
0-50            - I/F (incomplete)