The district will use assessments as one indication of the success and quality of the district’s education program. Further, the Board recognizes its obligation to provide for and administer assessments as required by law. The Board directs the superintendent or designee to create procedures governing assessments consistent with law and Board policy.
In cooperation with the administrative and instructional staff, the Board will annually review student performance data and use this information to evaluate the effectiveness of the district’s instructional programs, making adjustments as necessary.
The district will comply with all assessment requirements for students with disabilities mandated by federal and state law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
District Assessment Plan
The superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district has a written assessment plan that shall test competency in the subject areas of English, reading, language arts, science, mathematics, social studies and civics, as required by law.
The purposes of the districtwide assessment plan are to facilitate and provide information for the following:
1. Student Achievement — To produce information about relative student achievement so that parents/guardians, students and teachers have a baseline against which to monitor academic progress. Within the limitations of group testing instruments, the information should be useful to serve as a validation device for other measures of student progress.
2. Student Counseling — To serve as a tool in the counseling and guidance of students for further direction and for specific academic placement.
3. Instructional Change — To provide data that will assist in the preparation of recommendations for instructional program changes to:
a. Help teachers with instructional decisions, plans and changes regarding classroom objectives and program implementation;
b. Help the professional staff formulate and recommend instructional policy; and
Help the Board of Education adopt instructional policies.
4. School and District Evaluation — To provide indicators of the progress of the district toward established goals.
5. Adequate Yearly Progress — To determine student progress toward meeting the goals established by the Missouri State Board of Education pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act.
There shall be broad-based involvement in the development of the assessment program and its implementation. Instructional staff will be given training and responsibilities in coordinating the program. Every effort will be made to ensure that testing contributes to the learning process rather than detracts from it. Efforts shall also be made to incorporate necessary culture-free and culture-fair tests to assure that measurements are reasonably accurate.
The district will administer a reading assessment to students in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades to determine whether additional reading instruction and retention are needed, as required by law. The district will also administer a reading assessment to all students who transfer to the district in grades four, five or six, and to all students attending summer school due to a reading deficiency, as required by law.
The reading assessment will be a recognized method, or combination of methods, of assessing a student’s reading ability. Results of assessments will be expressed as reading at a particular grade level. The superintendent or designee will determine which methods of reading assessment the district will utilize.
English Proficiency Assessments
The district will annually assess the English reading, writing and oral language skills of its students with limited English proficiency.
The district will implement the components of the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) in order to monitor the progress of all students in meeting the Show-Me Standards, as set forth by the Missouri State Board of Education.
The School Board authorizes the superintendent to establish a process designed to encourage the students of this district to give their best efforts on each portion of any statewide assessment, which may include, but is not limited to, incentives or supplementary work as a consequence of performance.
The district’s policy on student participation in statewide assessments shall be provided at the beginning of the school year to each student and the parent, guardian or other person responsible for every student under 18 years of age. The policy will also be kept in the district office and be available for viewing by the public during business hours of the district office.
National Assessment of Educational Progress
If chosen, the district will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as required by law.
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|Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.|
Cross Refs: JHD, Student Guidance and Counseling
JO, Student Records
KB, Public Information Program
Legal Refs: §§ 160.257, .518, .570, 167.645, RSMo.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. 1232g
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, P.L. 107-110
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