346 Student Assessment Programs

STUDENT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

 

BARABOO SCHOOL BOARD POLICY

 

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Balanced, ongoing assessment is essential to the District’s mission of providing an education appropriate to each student. Systematic collection, interpretation and application of assessment data is necessary to ensure quality improvement of student achievement, accountability for teaching and learning, and appropriate program review.

 

In addition to standardized educational achievement tests, the District assessment plan shall reflect use of a variety of assessment methods appropriate to the target and purpose. These may include district assessments, informal teacher made assessments, instruments supplied by textbook companies, diagnostic assessments, tests of learning aptitude, career awareness and aptitude/attitude assessments, portfolios, performance assessments and such tests required by state and federal laws.

 

The District expects all assessments to arise from clearly articulated achievement expectations, serve an instructionally relevant purpose, utilize proper methodology, sample student achievement in an appropriate manner, and be cognizant of all relevant sources of bias and distortion that can lead to inaccurate assessment.

 

Summary District assessment data will be available to administrators, appropriate teachers and the School Board. Appropriate student assessment reports will also be provided to the public as required by law. The District will establish student learning improvement targets which will be used longitudinally to measure progress on key District action steps. District level data will be used for curriculum development and evaluation, monitoring student learning, program development and evaluation, establishing Board goals, making budgetary decisions, and developing remediation plans at the classroom, building and District level when needed. Building level data will be used to monitor student learning; to assess the effectiveness of curriculum, materials and instruction; to identify student groups with special needs; to provide accountability to parents/guardians; and to determine areas for building level staff development and study.

 

Assessment data on students will be collected for a variety of purposes. In addition to the summary data above, formative data will be collected in the classroom:

 

  • To provide feedback to both students and teachers about the progress students are making in learning the essential standards and benchmarks as articulated in the curriculum;
  • To help students learn the materials and help teachers adjust the instruction, while learning is taking place, in order that the learning will be most effective;
  • To adjust teaching while it is occurring to take into account the results of formative classroom assessment;
  • To provide effective descriptive feedback to students while learning is occurring;
  •  To provide for the active involvement of students in their own learning through self-assessment and communication about their learning; and
  • To involve students in setting individual learning goals to be able to self-correct during instruction.

 

Except as otherwise provided by law, individual student scores obtained from any aspect of the District’s assessment program shall remain confidential and only be provided to appropriate school personnel for educational purposes, to the individual student, and the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s).

 

Decisions regarding the assessment of students with disabilities and English language learners shall be made on an individual basis in accordance with legal requirements and established District policies and procedures.

 

District assessment practices shall be designed in such a way so as not to be limiting or discriminatory on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, color, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap. All students will be given the opportunity to participate in District assessment activities, either in the regular format or in a modified format. Discrimination complaints shall be processed in accordance with established procedures.

 

LEGAL REF.:  Sections 118.13, 120.12(2), 121.02(1)(o), (r) and (s) Wisconsin Statutes

                        PI 9.03(1), PI 13.03, PI 16, Wisconsin Administrative Code

 

CROSS REF.: 333          Parent Rights and District Programs/Activities

                        334.1      Elementary and Secondary Education Act Program Evaluation

                        342.1      Programs for Students with Disabilities

                        342.5      Title I/Programs for Disadvantaged Students

                        342.61    Programs for English Language Learners

                        345.1      Grading System

                        345.4      Promotion/Retention

                        347         Student Records

                        411-Rule Student Discrimination Complaint Procedures

 

ADOPTED:     March 6, 1989

 

REVISED:       August 26, 1996

                        February 12, 2007

 

Last Updated: 7/13/09