A comprehensive testing program will be established and maintained to evaluate the education program of the school district and to assist in providing guidance or counseling services to students and families.
The purpose of assessments is to measure individual student achievement. As students progress through the educational program, their progress as learners is to be assessed consistently in the classroom with regard to attainment of the essential learnings and curriculum standards, including content and process, as outlined in the district’s curriculum maps.
Assessments shall include formative assessments designed to monitor learning and adjust instruction, to optimize student achievement as appropriate, and summative assessments for the purpose of measuring achievement of curriculum standards.
In addition to formative and summative assessments, the district will employ standardized norm-referenced testing systems for reporting student progress and comparison of student performance, as well as benchmarking with other comparable school districts.
No student shall be required as part of any applicable program funded by the United States Department of Education to submit, without prior written consent from the student’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian to surveys, analysis, or evaluation which reveals information concerning the following without the prior consent of the student (if the student is an adult or emancipated minor) or, in the case of an unemancipated minor, without the prior written consent of the parents, guardians, or legal custodians.
- Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents, guardians, or legal custodians
- Mental and psychological problems of the student or the student’s family
- Sexual behaviors and attitudes
- Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behaviors
- Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships
- Legally recognized, privileged, and analogous relationships such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers
- Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s family
- Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program)
It is the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] in conjunction with building principals to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
It is also the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] to provide the school board with annual reports on the testing program.
Reviewed: 6/11; 2/15; 4/18
Revised: 9/12; 10/13; 12/16; 6/20
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): 280.3; 20 USC 1232h
IASB Reference: 505.4