Professional Services

Designing a District Balanced Assessment System

Service Overview

This two day working session will provide a systematic approach to this process with the goal of creating an intelligent, efficient and cost effective system of assessments that supports stakeholder decision-making at all levels of the organization.


  • Lay the foundation for the development
  • 3-year plan for implementing a comprehensive balanced assessment system by understanding the six components of a comprehensive balanced assessment system, reviewing current assessment system, completing a gap analysis and analyzing current specific assessments for quality and effectiveness. 

What You'll Leave With

  • A detailed three year plan for implementing a balanced assessment program in K-12 literacy, K-12 math.
  • Knowledge of quality assessment tools in literacy and math.
  • Knowledge of the 6 types of assessments that comprise balanced assessment systems.
  • Generating data reports to support all stakeholder groups.

Christopher Balow, Ph.D. 

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/School Psychology from Arizona State University.  Sub-specialties in abnormal psychology, quantitative methods and child development. Currently Dr. Balow is the Chief Research Scientist for Illuminate Education.  Dr. Balow spent 33 years in public education in Louisiana, Arizona and Minnesota as a School Psychologist, Asst. Director of Special Education, RtI/Intervention System Director and the last 9 years as Director of Research and Evaluation for a metropolitan Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. school district.  Dr. Balow also was also adjunct instructor for 20 over years in the doctoral School Psychology program at the University of Minnesota where he was an internship site supervisor for Ph.D. graduate students and taught courses in academic, social/emotional and behavioral interventions. Prior to that he served as an educational consultant for 5 years with the Scantron Corporation.  Dr. Balow specializes in professional services for Illuminate Education in  early warning systems, social-emotional learning, balanced assessment systems, program evaluation and predictive analytics.

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