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Understanding Balanced Assessment Systems
In a balanced assessment system, different types of assessment are used to gather information about students’ learning for different purposes. For example, formative assessments gather information to inform teachers and students’ decisions about ongoing classroom learning. In contrast, summative assessments provide snapshots on students’ performance at the end of a unit or school year to inform decisions such as resource allocation. In this webinar, Dr. Caroline Wylie, research director in the Student and Teacher Research Center at ETS, will discuss the role each type plays in a balanced system and how data can be used to meet each stakeholder’s needs. She will also explore how to promote teachers’ assessment literacy, including key features of low-stakes formative assessments as well as interim and summative assessments.

Aug 1, 2019 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Caroline Wiele
Research Director, Student and Teacher Research Center @ETS
Dr. Wylie is advisor for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (FAST) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) and is a Research Director in the Student and Teacher Research Center at ETS. Her current research centers on issues around balanced assessment systems, with a focus on the use of formative assessment to improve classroom teaching and learning. She has led studies related to the creation of effective, scaleable and sustainable teacher professional development, focused on formative assessment, on the formative use of diagnostic questions for classroom-based assessment, assessment literacy and on the role of learning progressions to support formative assessment in mathematics and science.