A comprehensive, balanced assessment system and a culture of effective evidence use do not emerge by accident. They take capable leadership to build. Assessment leadership is essential for building a comprehensive, balanced assessment system and fostering the conditions in which meaningful assessment data can be used to produce improved learning outcomes at all levels of an education system, including the classroom, school, and district. Developing this kind of assessment system requires leaders who can articulate and implement a vision and culture that supports sound assessment practices.
This brief provides district and school leaders with guidance on developing core competencies of assessment literacy to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive and balanced assessment system.