In partnership with the Center for Assessment, CCEE is offering a FREE, five-part synchronous webinar series developed to assist California district and school leaders understand the value proposition for balanced assessment systems, key design features of such systems, the challenges to implementation, and benefit from practical suggestions for overcoming these challenges.
Webinar 1: Introduction to balanced systems of assessment.
This webinar will introduce participants to the criteria for judging the balance of a system of assessments because even though districts have many assessments, it does not mean they have a balanced system. This also involves an honest appraisal of how well current assessments are meeting these needs. This first webinar concludes with a discussion of the barriers to implementing balanced assessment systems.
Webinar 2: The critical role of curriculum and learning progressions in balanced
The second webinar focuses on the most important criterion—coherence—and how it can be supported with a high-quality curriculum and learning progressions. We discuss the importance of curriculum and learning progressions as a foundation for assessment and assessment system design and, even more importantly, to provide an interpretative lens for making sense of the instructional power of assessment results. Relying on experts in curriculum, this webinar highlights the features that distinguish high-quality curriculum and learning progressions from lower quality processes and products.
Webinar 3: The components of a balanced assessment system.
This webinar discusses the key features of various types of assessments and helps participants understand how to evaluate components of an assessment system in light of the intended purposes and uses. We discuss, specifically, what it takes for assessments to be instructionally useful as well as the power of curriculum-embedded, unit-based assessments.
Webinar 4: Theories of action as a tool for developing and implementing balanced assessment systems. We introduce theories of action as a tool for helping district and school leaders identify the problems/issues they are trying to address through the design and implementation of assessment systems. Further, theories of action provide a comprehensive framework for analysis, evaluation, and continuous improvement. In addition to helping participants understand the usefulness of theories of action, we share several practical tools to help participants begin to develop theories of action for balanced systems of assessment.
Webinar 5: Does it quack like a duck? Would I know a balanced assessment system if I saw one?
This culminating webinar will include examples and partial examples from the field to help participants understand what developing systems look like in practice. Participants will hear from district assessment leaders across the country from various size school districts to understand how they are adapting the theory and practice of balanced assessment system development to their contexts. Participants will gain a good understanding of the challenges faced by these various leaders and hear how they are trying to overcome them.