Types of Summative Assessment

Going beyond quizzes and exams.

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When determining which assessments you will use to measure learning outcomes it can be helpful to have an idea of what your options are. The following list, while not exhaustive, may be used to learn about unfamiliar assessments.

Adapted from Chicago Grass Roots.

Teacher-designed quizzes and tests

  • Multiple Choice
  • True/False
  • Short Answer
  • Matching
  • Fill-in-the-blank
  • Short essay/response

Writing

  • Research Paper
  • I-search Paper
  • Autobiography
  • Media Review
  • Movie/PSA script
  • Pamphlet/brochure
  • Historical fiction
  • Fact sheet
  • Current article
  • Outline
  • Flowchart
  • eZine
  • Children’s story
  • Literary analysis
  • Biography
  • Modern day myth
  • Compare/contrast
  • How-to-book
  • Local tour/history
  • Poem
  • Letter to…
  • Narrative
  • Proposal
  • Issue brief
  • Editorial/OpEd
  • Creative story
  • Call to action
  • Song lyrics
  • Written speech
  • Timeline summaries
  • Graphic novel
  • Comic strip storybook
  • Historical analysis
  • Personal essay
  • Case study
  • Survey/inquiry results
  • Group essay
  • Resume
  • Journal/logs
  • Letter to future generation

Presentations for audiences

  • Speech/oral report
  • Play/dramatization
  • Newscast
  • Tribunal
  • Panel discussion
  • Data display
  • Clay model
  • Musical piece
  • Role playing/skit
  • Exhibition of products
  • Debate
  • Information workshop
  • Experiment
  • Museum walk/ exhibit
  • Diorama
  • Poetry open mic
  • Physical model
  • Host a conference

Technical creations for audiences

  • Spreadsheet
  • Computer program
  • Consumer product
  • Scientific instrument
  • Machine
  • Blueprint

Technical creations for audiences

  • PowerPoint/slide show
  • Podcast
  • Website page
  • Music CD compilation
  • Collage
  • Drawing/painting
  • YouTube Channel
  • Class blog
  • Tumblr site
  • Map
  • Video/PSA
  • Photo album
  • Oral history
  • Sculpture
  • Scrapbook
  • Class Facebook page
  • Graphic design

Interviews and conferences

Portfolios

Self and peer evaluations

  • Project evaluation (self and others)
  • Unit evaluation
  • Daily reflection

Learning logs

  • Lists/notes from outside readings
  • Reflective lesson logs
  • Homework assignments
  • Questions/response from lecture
  • Problem-solving entries
  • Science observations

Journals

  • Quote of the day response
  • Personal experience reflection
  • Literary responses
  • Event descriptions/analysis
  • Connection making between subjects or topics

Kinesthetic

  • Dance routine
  • Exercise/aerobic routine

TV commercial

Community tour