“summative assessment: An assessment used to document students’ achievement at the end of a unit or course or an evaluation of the end product of a students’ learning activity. Final exams are an example of summative assessment. See also formative assessment.”
Excerpted from: Ravitch, Diane. EdSpeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords, and Jargon. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2007.