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Build a balanced assessment system and support ESSA implementation! It has never been more important to develop balanced assessment systems that can provide meaningful information, improve teaching practices, and help students learn. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) increases assessment flexibility and responsibilities for states and districts–an opportunity to change assessment for the better. Authors Chappuis, Commodore, and Stiggins have helped thousands of teachers, principals and other educational leaders in becoming assessment-literate and developing assessment systems built on quality assessment. This comprehensive new guide provides clear steps and strategies for developing an assessment system, and includes many interactive exercises designed for professional development and system implementation. Readers will learn how to:  • Create a balanced assessment system and analyze the progress being made within your school or district toward it  • Develop and implement assessment systems that are both formative (measuring learning in progress) and summative (verifying learning that has taken place)  • Take specific leadership actions that advance the balance and quality of assessment systems  • Help teachers integrate formative assessments into classroom instruction  • Empower students by involving them in the assessment process Take action now to make proactive, positive changes in your school or district’s approach to assessment!

Five Assessment Actions for Balance and Quality
Five Assessment Actions for Balance and Quality

We introduced in Part 1 the concept and benefits of balance in local assessment systems. The three main components of balance, quality, and student involvement form the core of our systems framework. Without them in place, we risk assessing inaccurately, misrepresenting student achievement, and missing student learning opportunities when the principles of assessment for learning are not applied in the classroom.

Leadership in assessment begins with a guiding vision that centers on assessment as part of effective instruction—a use of assessment that seeks to promote student learning as well as measure and report it. School leaders who understand the necessity of quality assessments effectively used at every level will be better able ...

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