Classroom assessments are more than a test They're an integral part of teaching and learning!

Classroom assessments are more than a test

The Balanced Assessment System

By taking a balanced assessment approach, you help your students succeed holistically.

What it is

A set of interacting assessments focused on serving the needs of all of the above, for the common purpose of improving education.

What it isn’t

A system with an equal number of tests where each has an equal weight.

What makes it work

A suite of assessments to meet different needs.

The Balanced Assessment System


All needs met = Balanced
Classroom Level: Students, Teachers, Parents
  • Use assessment info/data to make formative decisions
  • Identify instruction that increases student learning
Building District Level: Superintendents, Principals, Curriculum Specialist
  • Use assessment info to make decisions about progress of groups of students or impact of programs

Meet the different types of assessments

Assessments inform teaching and learning by providing meaningful and actionable feedback

Assessment 1


This happens every day! Use these results immediately to guide your lesson plan and focus on individual student needs.

Assessment 2


Measures students' proficiency in a subject or against state standards.

Assessment 3


Measures students' strengths and weaknesses relative to how they learn.

Assessment 4


Identifies specific skill deficits to better refine instruction.

Assessment 5


Aligns to school-centered standards to give a glimpse into student performance.

Assessment 6


Evaluates students' progress toward academic goals and informs educators on the impact of their instructional practices.


Monitored students feel in control of success
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Measured progress towards college and career readiness
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Students of all abilities are helped

Better decision making comes from a broader picture of student performance over time—not a single test score.