sum·​ma·​tive | \ ˈsə-mə-tiv How to pronounce summative (audio) , -ˌmā- \

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Recent Examples on the Web At issue is a federal mandate that requires statewide summative assessments and school accountability, which were waived last spring by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bruce Walker, Washington Examiner, "Michigan leaders punch back at DeVos refusal to waive student assessments," 4 Sep. 2020 The writing is characterized by a forgettable prose style occasionally punctuated by some kind of lofty, summative statement on history and/or truth or stirring calls to action. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, "The Helpless Outrage of the Anti-Trump Book," 7 Aug. 2020 Some educators have said a single letter grade oversimplifies the complexity of schools, but research shows nine out of 10 parents prefer a summative rating such as letter grades, according to Paige Kowalski of the nonprofit Data Quality Campaign. Trisha Powell Crain,, "Grade for Alabama K-12 system to be released Thursday," 11 Jan. 2018 Those indicators will be weighted to create a summative rating for each school, district, and the state based on a 100-point scale. Trisha Powell Crain,, "What is Alabama's plan under the new federal education law?," 11 Oct. 2017 Saturday Night Live is a place, in general, of sanitized centrism: edgy, but not too edgy; summative rather than argumentative. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "'Let Us Eat Cake': The Tina Fey Effect in 2017," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of summative

1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Summative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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