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High and low cost assessment

Another distinction frequently made in discussing assessment is between high-cost and low-cost assessment. Essentially, this refers to the consequences resting on the outcomes of the assessment. Formative assessment is generally seen as low cost, failure is used to show the need for more opportunities for learning. On the other hand, end of course summative assessment is usually high cost if the ability to progress to employment or further training rests on the results.

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