There is an unfortunate “urban legend” about balanced assessment systems. Many appear to think that an assessment system is balanced when it includes summative, interim, and formative components. This is not true. This session 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.

Scott Marion, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Assessment
Lorrie Shepard, Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado Boulder




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Media, Professional Learning

Type of Audience

Site Administrator / Instructional Coach, Systems Leadership, Teacher

Topic Area

Continuous Improvement, Equity, LCAP


Assessment, Leading Forward