Study on Implementation and Use of Balanced Assessment Systems

About This Project

This NAEd project, the Study on Implementation and Use of Balanced Assessment Systems, will provide guidance to state and local educational agencies regarding how to

(1) Design policy, professional learning, and other local systems necessary to implement balanced assessment systems;

(2) Foster and maintain a culture of data literacy to appropriately and effectively use the data from a balanced assessment system, as well as additional critical contextual information, to improve teaching and learning; and

(3) Implement a system to use the data to continually improve the assessment system.

This 30-month study will produce a targeted collection of 7-9 commissioned papers as well as guidance documents on (1) the implementation of a balanced assessment system and (2) how to enhance data literacy and use of assessment data for teaching and learning.


  • James Pellegrino (Co-Chair)
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Scott Marion (Co-Chair)
    The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment
  • Linda Darling-Hammond
    Learning Policy Institute
  • Edward Haertel
    Stanford University
  • Jennifer Randall
    University of Michigan
  • Lorrie Shepard
    University of Colorado
  • James Spillane
    Northwestern University
  • Guillermo Solano-Flores
    Stanford University
  • Jonathan Supovitz
    University of Pennsylvania


Amy Berman, Deputy Director

The project and research is supported by funding from Smarter Balanced/University of California Santa Cruz. The opinions expressed are those of the NAEd and authors and do not represent views of Smarter Balanced/University of California Santa Cruz.

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