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Unit 5: A Balanced Assessment System

Welcome to Unit 5 of the Assessment Literacy Professional Learning Module. The purpose of this unit is to describe the essential characteristics of a balanced assessment system—a system that meets the needs of a variety of users and provides continuous information about student learning.

Unit 1: Introduction and Overview

Unit 2: California State Assessment System

Unit 3: Assessment Literacy for Educators

Unit 4: Instructional Learning Targets

Unit 5: A Balanced Assessment System

Unit 6: Developing and Implementing Sound, Quality Assessments

Unit 7: Appropriate and Effective Use of Assessment Data


Participants will be able to:

  • Explain multiple levels of assessments
    and their purposes.
  • Define and distinguish between formative
    and summative
    assessment processes, based on purpose
    and use.
  • Describe a high-quality, balanced assessment system.