Newsletter 40: Summative assessment
The focus of the last e-Newsletter was formative assessment—the range of ways educators collect information about and analyse children's learning. This e-Newsletter explores how educators analyse that collection of information to make a summative assessment of each child's progress. The term summative describes assessment processes that 'sum up' what a child has learned by reviewing documentation gathered over time from a range of sources. These processes bring together information about what the child knows, understands and can do in relation to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) Learning Outcomes. Summative assessment differs from analyses of learning that occur for individual pieces of documentation such as anecdotal records, photos or learning stories, as it involves reviewing a range of records in order to understand and document the 'distance travelled' by a child.