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Integrating Formative and Summative Assessment: Progress Toward a Seamless System?


  • Janet W. Looney


A long-held ambition for many educators and assessment experts has been to integrate summative and formative assessments so that data from external assessments used for system monitoring may also be used to shape teaching and learning in classrooms. In turn, classroom-based assessments may provide valuable data for decision makers at school and system levels. Currently there are important technical barriers to this kind of seamless integration. Nevertheless there are a number of promising developments in the field. Ongoing research and development aims at improving testing and measurement technologies, as well strengthening classroom-based formative assessment practices. Improved integration of formative and summative assessment will require investments in new testing technologies, teacher training and professional development, and further research and development. L’intégration des évaluations sommative et formative des élèves a toujours été une ambition des éducateurs et des experts afin d’assurer que les données utilisées pour le monitoring des systèmes d’éducation puissent également servir pour améliorer les processus d’apprentissage dans les salles de classe. En retour, l’évaluation des élèves en salle de classe peut fournir des données précieuses pour les décideurs aux niveaux de l’école et du système d’éducation. Actuellement, il y a des obstacles techniques importants à la réalisation de cette intégration des évaluations sommative et formative. Néanmoins, certains développements prometteurs dans ce domaine ont vu le jour. Les travaux de recherche et développement essayent aujourd’hui d’améliorer les techniques de tests et de mesure et de renforcer les pratiques d’évaluation formative en salle de classe. Une meilleure intégration des évaluations formative et sommative des élèves nécessitera des investissements dans de nouvelles technologies de tests, dans la formation des enseignants et dans la recherche et développement.

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  • Janet W. Looney, 2011. "Integrating Formative and Summative Assessment: Progress Toward a Seamless System?," OECD Education Working Papers 58, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:eduaab:58-en

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    1. Stefanie Dufaux, 2012. "Assessment for Qualification and Certification in Upper Secondary Education: A Review of Country Practices and Research Evidence," OECD Education Working Papers 83, OECD Publishing.

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