What is a

Balanced Assessment

A balanced assessment is an assessment system where tools, methodologies and data systems inform decision-makers such as administrators on learning decisions. A balanced assessment system would normally include formative, benchmark and summative assessments. Balanced assessments encourage and support learning by helping students and professors see that their efforts will result in success.

A balanced assessment refers to an assessment system that mixes periodic, standardized testing with day-to-day classroom assessments. Balanced assessments aim to provide information on student achievement and learning outcomes to students, teachers and local, state and federal policymakers. In this system, a number of assessments interact in order to improve the overall educational experience for students.