School District 27J utilizes a variety of assessments to monitor student learning and progress. Assessments exist at the classroom level, district level, and state level. Assessment results are used formatively, as benchmarks, and as summatively. The formative results provide information to teachers that is utilized to make decisions about daily instruction. Typically formative assessments are also known as quizzes or checks for understanding. Interim assessments provide benchmark data to teachers that show progress and growth of student learning. Examples of Interim assessments are District Common Assessments, NWEA, or Fastbridge Learning assessments. Summative assessments provide a summary of student learning. Examples of summative assessments include unit tests or state assessments. The graphic below illustrates the balance of assessments across the levels.