Balanced Assessment

Balanced Assessment Foundational Services provides educators with knowledge and resources in their quest to support student achievement through balanced assessments. With the Illinois Learning Standards as a foundation, supportive workshops and networking will provide schools with an understanding of PARCC and the PARCC Resource Center as well as examining current school assessment practices that inform instruction and measure student progress.

Foundational-Services Overview (with notes) (to be part of each training ) (***updated 8-3-16***)

Foundational Services – COLOR Infographic  (*Updated 6-19-16**)

Informational Sheet for Balanced Assessment ***Updated 9-19-16***


MONTHLY AREA COORDINATOR CALLS for Balanced Assessment are the 4th Thursday of every month at 4:00 PM. Please add this recurring meeting to your FY16 calendar and plan to participate each month.  AC listserve = 



**Updated 10-19-16**

The purpose of Networking for Implementation sessions is to provide participants an opportunity for deeper discussion around shared experiences and expertise for the purpose of implementing approved content in the seven Foundational Services areas.  The Networking for Implementation opportunities are based on specific objectives as determined by identified needs for further implementation discussions and/or exploration of the resources along with sharing.

Networking for Implementation sessions may include one or all of the following objectives for participants within a focus topic:

  • Examine a focus topic in depth to support implementation
  • Share impacts, successes, and lessons learned related to the implementation of the focus topic by facilitator(s) and participants
  • Ask and collaboratively address questions and challenges related to the implementation of the focus topic

Networking for Implementation Guidance Document and Facilitator Considerations

Networking for Implementation ppt


  • State Assessments in a Balanced Assessment Framework (Networking for Implementation offering)
    •  All assessments administered in schools should influence instruction and lead to student achievement. This Networking for Implementation opportunity outlines the purposes of PARCC Assessment, as well as accompanying Score Reports. This training will share resources for keeping up-to-date on information related to PARCC and SAT (as more information becomes available). A myriad of PARCC resources will be discussed to help educators understand how this assessment can influence their teaching and student learning. Participants are encouraged to identify their needs prior to this Networking for Implementation opportunity so facilitators may plan accordingly.
    • Pre-Post Assessment for State Assessments in a Balanced Assessment System
    • PARCC Score Report and Wrapper Information Presentation  **Added 12-8-16** includes trainer notes.
      • Materials for PARCC Score Report and Score Wrapper **ADDED 12-2-16**
      • The ppt and all related materials (handouts, facilitator resources, etc.) are located on the link above, which is on blendspace; blendspace is a free on-line tool and you have all the capabilities to utilize these materials and download at your convenience. If you want to create a free account, you may, but it is not necessary to access any of these materials.
    • FAQ PARCC Reports — Evidence Statement Analysis and Content Standard Roster Reports **ADDED 12-2-16**
  • Classroom Assessments in a Balanced Assessment Framework: (Full day of training)
    • In a balanced assessment framework all assessments have a place in the school setting. In this information rich module, the foundations, uses and quality of classroom assessments will be explored and discussed. Teachers will leave having a vision of their own assessment literacy and how it fits within a balanced assessment framework.

Additional Resources

  • ISBE’s Balanced Assessment Website  — go to this website for all the latest news on PARCC, the Assessment Inventory Tool, Assessment Literacy including sample classroom assessments, and information on measuring student growth.  Want the latest information from ISBE on PARCC and assessments?  Sign up for their listserv by sending a blank e-mail to a blank email to with the word “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line from the email account you want to receive these listserv messages.  Archived messages and information can be found here


Foundational Services BA Core Planning Team 2-24-17
Subject Area Name Email
BA CORE – lead FA Diane Betts
BA CORE – ISBE Linda Vernon
BA CORE – Content Laura Beltchenko
BA CORE Vanessa Kinder
BA CORE Matt Donkin
BA CORE Suzy Dees
BA Area Coordinators 2-24-17
Subject Area & ROE Name Email
BA 1 Shay McCorkle
BA 1 Annette Moore
BA 2 Anji Garza
BA 2 Molly Hickerson
BA 3 Dea Conrad-Curry
BA 3 Lori Loving
BA 4 Kevin Seymour
BA 4 Nancy Brodbeck
BA 5 Annette Hartlieb
BA 5 Marcy Mollett
BA 5 Deb Greaney
BA 6 Kelly Stewart
BA NC ISC Laura Beltchenko
BA NC ISC Kathy Creely
BA South Cook Kaitlin Curran
BA South Cook Anthony Marinello
BA South Cook Garrett Podgorski
BA West 40 ISC Cathy Berlinger Gustafson
BA Service Providers 2-24-17
BA Area 1c ROE 19 Susan Schwicardi
BA Area 1c ROE 19 Jean Baldikowski
BA Area 1c ROE 19 Adrienne Johnson
BA Area 1c ROE 19 Linda Sokolowski
BA Area 1c ROE 31 Carolyn Kerkla
BA Area 1c ROE 31 Annette Moore
BA Area 1c ROE 31 Roberta Sejnost
BA Area 1c ROE 31 Lorraine Plum
BA Area 1c ROE 34 Jennie Winters
BA Area 1c ROE 34 Shay McCorkle
BA Area 1c ROE 34 Janet Elenbogan
BA Area 1c ROE 34 Bud Pulaski
BA Area 1c, PDA (56 & 24) Jim Harvey
BA Area 1C ROE # 56&24 Jan Lenci
BA AREA 2 – ROE 4-16-44 Donnette Nailor
BA AREA 2 – ROE 4-16-44 Kathy Naill
BA AREA 2 – ROE 4-16-44 Nancy Reczek
BA AREA 2 – ROE 8 Deb Endress
BA AREA 2 – ROE 8 Steve Herkert
BA AREA 2 – ROE 28 Dara Carr
BA AREA 2 – ROE 28 Molly Hickerson
BA AREA 2 – ROE 35 Brittany Culjan
BA AREA 2 – ROE 35 Krissy Darm
BA AREA 2 – ROE 47 Anji Garza
BA AREA 2 – ROE 47 Terry Schuster
BA AREA 2 – ROE 49 Jennifer Freeman
BA AREA 2 – ROE 49 Deb Taber
BA AREA 2 – ROE 49 Nancy Galbraith
BA Area 3 ROE #1 Mary Christensen
BA Area 3 ROE #1 Brenda Stalder
BA Area 3             ROE #1 Jessica Crawford
BA Area 3 ROE #26 Pam Vancil
BA Area 3 ROE #33 Lori Loving
BA Area 3 ROE #33 Sarah Hall
BA Area 3             ROE #33 Dea Conrad-Curry;
BA Area 3 ROE #48 Cindy Dollman
BA Area 3 ROE #48 Kim Glow
BA Area 3 ROE #51 Kris Huddleston
BA Area 3 ROE #51 Christy Kindel
BA Area 3 ROE #53 Penny Murphy
BA Area 3 ROE #53 Jodi Bouris
BA Area 4 ROE #9 & 54 Cindy Duffy
BA Area 4 ROE #9 & 54 Kevin Seymour
BA Area 4 ROE #9 Jean Korder
BA Area 4 ROE #11 Vicki Riggen
BA Area 4 ROE #11 Katie O’Dell
BA Area 4 ROE #17 Debra Honegger
BA Area 4 ROE#17 Diane Wolf
BA Area 4 ROE#17 Mandy Stalets
BA Area 4 ROE#17 Kathy Arnold
BA Area 4 ROE#17 Brittany Minton
BA Area 4 ROE#17 Chris Embry Mohr
BA Area 4 ROE#17 Amy Roehrig
BA Area 4 ROE#32 Pete Falk
BA Area 4 ROE#32 Patricia High
BA Area 4 ROE #39 Michelle Keiser
BA Area 4 ROE #39 Nancy Brodbeck
BA Area 4 ROE #39 Barb Preston
BA Area 5 ROE #3 Annette Hartlieb
BA Area 5 ROE #3 Shonda Ronen
BA Area 5 ROE #3 Michelle Schaal
BA Area 5 ROE #3 Marcy Mollett
BA Area 5 ROE #3 Alison Hall
BA Area 5 ROE #3 Allison Martin
BA Area 5 ROE #3 Brandi Bruley
BA Area 5 ROE #40 Alice Stanley
BA Area 5 ROE #41 Melanie Brink
BA Area 5 ROE #41 Tracy Bentley
BA Area 5 ROE #41 Kelli Decker
BA Area 5 ROE #41 Dee Haar
BA Area 5 ROE #41 Ali Giacomini
BA Area 5 ROE #45/50 Deb Greaney
BA Area 5 ROE #45 Seren Conner
BA Area 5 ROE #45 Ryan McClellan
BA Area 5 ROE #45 Mary Ann Quivey
BA Area 5 ROE #45 Marybeth McCormick
BA Area 6 ROE #12 Susanne Hahn
BA Area 6 ROE #13 Sandra Kabat
BA Area 6 ROE #13 Dee Ann Schnautz
BA Area 6 ROE #20 covered by ROE 21
BA Area 6 ROE #21 Kelly Stewart
BA Area 6 ROE #21 Mandy Horn
BA Area 6 ROE #30 Kerry Glenn
BA Area 6 ROE #30 Jenny Wilson

This program is fully (100%) funded with federal grant dollars.

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