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Balanced Assessment System

SDCOE Balanced Assessment Services

District Assessment Audit


SDCOE promotes the use of a balanced assessment system to make instructional decisions and monitor student progress. 


Main Points about Balanced Assessment Systems (Adapted from, Using Balanced Assessment Systems To Improve Student Learning and School Capacity. 2010, CCSSO) 

  • ‚ÄčAssessment systems are essential to improve student learning and school capacity because assessment provides essential data to monitor performance and inform decisions. The purpose of assessment is to inform constructive action.

  • Balanced assessment systems include a variety of instruments and processes to produce information and data for informing policy makers, school administrators, parents, and teachers and students. State tests alone cannot provide the necessary information. Summative, interim, and formative assessment all have a role to play. 

  • The components of a balanced assessment system must be designed to work together coherently. Coherence comes not only through the design of the assessments, but through how they are used. 

  • Key consideration should be developing expertise in how to use the assessment information at individual and institutional levels. 

  • There are many resources that can help inform efforts to develop a balanced assessment system.


The AAE Unit is available to help districts and schools assess the current state of local assessment systems, provide professional development in all aspects of assessment and monitoring, promote the use of the formative assessment process to facilitate student learning and self-regulation, and analyze assessment results to leverage informed decision making.