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Balanced Assessment: A Gifted Learner Support System. Created by: Allison Graves Kay Shows-Roberson Angela Boubouheropoulos. Session Goals. Explore the importance of creating a balanced assessment system to enhance and support gifted learner benchmarks and outcomes.

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balanced assessment a gifted learner support system

Balanced Assessment:A Gifted Learner Support System

Created by:

Allison Graves

Kay Shows-Roberson

Angela Boubouheropoulos

session goals
Session Goals
  • Explore the importance of creating a balanced assessment system to enhance and support gifted learner benchmarks and outcomes.
  • To identify the pieces of a balanced assessment system within a unit of study.
  • To consider the use of data in determining best practices for

differentiated instruction.

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kuds know understand and do
KUDs – Know , Understand, and Do

Enduring Understandings:

  • A balanced assessment system leads to high-quality teaching and deeper student understanding.
  • A balanced assessment insures that instruction meets the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of gifted learners.
  • A balanced assessment moves gifted learners towards achievement of…

Essential Questions:

  • How can pre, formative, and summative assessment be used to shape the learning opportunities presented to students and promote rigor?
  • To what extent does a teacher use formative assessment as a measure of student understanding and to plan or modify learning opportunities presented to students?
  • How will I know the degree to which my students have gained understanding of unit goals and objectives?

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kud know understand and do
KUD – Know , Understand, and Do


  • The 3 types of assessment and the value of their use
  • Preassessment can be used to gauge learning style, prior knowledge, and interest
  • The importance of using data from a balanced assessment to monitor student understanding and to refine their stage 3 sequence of learning


  • consider ways to refine a unit to reflect the principles of balanced assessment

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Thinking Like an Assessor

  • Ask yourself these questions:
    • What kinds of evidence do we need?
    • What specific characteristics in student responses, products, or performances should we examine?
    • Does the proposed evidence enable us to infer a student’s knowledge, skill, or understanding?

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Pieces of a Balanced Assessment System

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here s what
Here’s What!
  • Why start with the summative piece?

Important Considerations:

            • Assessment as evidence of unit mastery
            • Preassessment chosen to diagnose
            • Formative assessment data used to adjust learning plans.

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here s what1
Here’s What!

How does desired data inform the preassessment?

Important considerations:

  • Based on the summative assessment objectives
  • Preassessment tool data used when crafting a learning plan that will challenge gifted learners to work to their potential.

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here s what2
Here’s What!
  • How does formative assessment inform instruction and provide students reflective opportunities about their own learning?

Important considerations:

        • Variety
        • Feedback
        • Alignment
        • Self-evaluation

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so what
So What?

Let’s consider a stage one like an assessor

  • What preassessment data will you need for this unit?
          • How will you use the data?
  • What formative assessments will provide you and the students with the feedback needed prior to summative performance?
          • How will your formative assessments complement the summative performance task to come?
          • How can the formative assessment provide both descriptive feedback and the opportunity for student reflection?

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Putting the Pieces Together

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now what
Now What?

Content Exploration:

Unit design and reflection

  • Review stage one
  • Consider your summative performance piece
  • Outline the data you will need at the beginning of the unit.
  • What formative assessment tools can provide opportunities for assessor feedback and student reflection?

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return to balanced assessment inventory
Return to Balanced Assessment Inventory

Post-Session Reflection:

  • Reflect on perspective
  • Contemplate the big ideas of module


  • Set a SMART goal

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final thought
Final Thought

“Our success in teaching for understanding depends on our design skills—our ability to design assessments that naturally raise questions and new ideas instead of telling students what we know, and assuming that they understand.”

~Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins

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work consulted
Work Consulted

Wiggins, G. and McTighe, J. (2011). The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High Quality Units. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 

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