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

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Recent Examples on the Web Faculty would grade only what are called summative assessments, which generally means tests. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 Plus, Buckley writes, the digital platforms required to employ these interim assessments already exist for the most part, and the federal Every Student Succeeds Act already allows states to substitute interim assessments for summative ones. Frederick Hess, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 Infrequent high-stakes tests are less burdensome for faculty, but remote summative assessments are most susceptible to cheating. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 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,, 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, 18 Aug. 2017 See More

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1881, in the meaning defined above

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“Summative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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