Here are five example of summative assessments that could be used in STEM:
- End of Chapter or Unit tests: This seems pretty much a standard in classrooms I have been in myself, visited or substitute teaching. At the end of a chapter or unit, a test is given that goes over all the concepts and big ideas from that chapter or unit. It could be used in Math or Science.
- District Benchmark: I know several school districts that have district benchmark assessments. One district I know uses them in the math curriculum, every three units (each unit is twelve lessons, so every thirty-six lessons) the district requires students to take a benchmark assessment which the teacher grades. The grades are recorded and sent to the district which gives the district information about students at all levels roughly every eight weeks.
- Portfolios: A collection of student work from a long period of time is graded based on a rubric. I can see this for an interactive math or science notebook at the end of a trimester.
- State Assessments: State mandated assessments usually done once a year in the Spring. In third through fifth-grade students take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments which measure Math and ELA which are aligned to state standards. I know elementary schools are trying out the CAST pilot test which is the new science assessment for CA this spring.
- End of Term exams: End of term exams are cumulative exams of all the material on a given subject for the entire term. In elementary I think they would be most commonly seen in Math but could also be used in science for upper elementary.