Balanced Assessment System

What does “balance” mean in a balanced assessment system?

“Balance” in a district assessment system means more than just using formative, interim, and summative assessment. It also means giving these components appropriate attention and doing them and using them well. And doing them well can pertain to coverage of curriculum standards and to balance of attention to foundational knowledge/skills and deeper learning, as well…

More Information from Shorter Tests? Riiiight!

“I promise to replace our current accountability assessment with a single, summative, formative, adaptive, diagnostic general achievement test that measures growth and yields immediate results that teachers can use right away to modify their instruction.” Over a period of four decades, the stakes associated with state assessment results have increased dramatically.  At the same time,…

What does “balance” mean in a balanced assessment system?

It’s fitting that an early post in this blog is a piece on “balanced assessment systems” because it’s an all encompassing concept relative to the assessments experienced by students. We can zero in on specifics throughout the year.  The term has become a widely used one, yet when folks are asked to define it, the…

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