Achieving Balance in Classroom Assessment

A three-year facilitated professional learning and implementation journey for district teams

NOTE:  COHORT IV begins Fall 2024 with an orientation for site coordinators!
Questions? Contact Ellen Vorenkamp at

Districts that implement—with fidelity—quality balanced assessment systems in each classroom show improved student learning and increased student achievement.

Join us for a three-year facilitated professional learning and implementation journey toward Achieving Balance in Classroom Assessment (ABCA). Claim your place among a select number of districts to participate in this unique opportunity to learn how balanced assessment—assessment for and of learning – can:

  • substantially improve student instruction and learning
  • close gaps in student performance, and
  • increase equity in student learning and achievement.

Through the ABCA program, the Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) will support district teams with structured programming, planning consultation, and high-quality resources to help them achieve increased student achievement through improved assessment practices in each classroom. MAC-provided learning facilitators will engage district ABCA teams in strengthening classroom assessment using both the formative assessment process (assessment for learning) and interim assessments periodically (assessments of learning).

Participant Outcomes

Educators will deepen their understanding and knowledge of:

  • a balanced assessment system implemented within a classroom setting;
  • assessment literacy and what educators should know, do, and believe as they work to improve the balance of assessment at the classroom level;
  • assessment for learning (the formative assessment process) and assessment of learning (summative assessments) and how they work together to enhance student learning and increase student achievement;
  • formative assessment as a process to plan, deliver, and reflect on instruction;
  • the proper use of interim/benchmark assessments to monitor and/or verify student learning; and
  • the role of assessment in the continuous improvement process and how to implement a balanced assessment system using the MICIP framework.

Program Schedule

Each ABCA district team will participate in a structured learning and implementation program designed to deepen understanding of how assessment for learning (formative assessment) and assessment of learning (summative assessments) can work together to improve assessment balance at the classroom level, leading to enhanced student learning and achievement. Teams will also receive expert consultation between and after sessions to develop and implement an Assessment Learning and Implementation Plan.


Year 1: $2,999.00 (covers teams of up to 10 participants)

Get Started

  1. Review the ABCA Professional Learning Program Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Share this opportunity with district leaders and/or potential site team members.
  3. Direct additional questions about the ABCA program to Ellen Vorenkamp at 810.923.0327 or; or Ed Roeber at 517.614.4877 or
  4. Complete the MAC ABCA Professional Learning Program Application no later than September 13, 2024.


Event Resources
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ABCA Case Study—Mary Ruth Bird: Architect and Visionary for District-wide Assessment Literacy

(LINK BELOW) This case study illustrates how participation in the MAC’s Achieving Better Classroom Assessment (ABCA) helped one administrator define a strategy and create an outline for a three-year plan to build knowledge and understanding of three linked concepts: assessment literacy, a balanced assessment system, and formative assessment as a process. It also describes the detailed implementation plan that allowed her to embed this strategy into the work of the South Redford School District.

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