CATE Teaching Guide on Summative Assessment

Teaching guide on Summative Assessments

Want to use data collected from summative assessments to confirm student outcomes? Want to learn more about the importance of the validity, reliability and manageability of summative assessments? The CATE team is developing new online resources, Teaching Guides, to provide evidence-based practices, in-depth examples, and actionable steps to enhance your teaching.

In this teaching guide on Summative Assessments, you will have the opportunity to learn about summative assessments’ role in student learning, data collection and continuous quality improvements. You will be provided with guiding questions and examples as you examine your summative assessment practices through the lens of validity, reliability, manageability and authenticity.

The Teaching Guides span a variety of topics and provide guidance on how to implement various techniques in different disciplines, course sizes and course modalities. They are organized under the following categories:

If you have any questions about the teaching guides, contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence staff at

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