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Policy: ILBA
Assessment


It is the policy of the Board that the Superintendent will develop and manage an assessment program that provides ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the curriculum on improving student performance.

The program must adhere to the processes for selection, administration, and interpretation of assessment instruments specified below. This program will include both local and statewide assessment tools.

The program must be aligned with the goals of the district and be designed to assess each student’s progress toward meeting the defined curriculum objectives.

Test results will be analyzed and used with other data for the following purposes:

• To identify individual student strengths and weaknesses in skill development
• To diagnose strengths and weaknesses of groups
• To individualize instruction
• To report progress to parents
• To select curriculum materials
• To set the pace of instruction
• To select methods of instruction
• To counsel students
• To help determine revisions needed in the curriculum

Selection

The selection process will include the professional staff in its efforts to investigate new assessment tools and evaluate existing ones.

Assessment instruments selected will provide an authentic assessment of student learning outcomes through multiple formative and summative assessment instruments including, but not limited to teacher observation of project-based learning, including off-site learning projects; competency-based assessments; and teacher-designed quizzes and tests. Additional instruments may include written examinations, oral examinations, alternative questions, demonstrations, writing exercises, individual projects, group projects, performances, student portfolios, and samples of students best works.

Administration

The assessment program will include a schedule for administration to students, distributed to staff and the board before the start of each school year.

The School principal will provide assurance that test procedures are followed at the school level including the distribution and collection of test materials, test security, use of test results, testing dates, as well as other pertinent requirements.

Readiness assessment shall be administered to all children entering first grade.

Handicapped students must be provided the opportunity to participate in all student assessments. Any modifications in administration should be made and documented during the Individualized Education Program (IEP) review.

Interpretation

The Superintendent or designee will ensure that data from the student assessment program is compiled, analyzed, summarized, and reported to the Board annually. The Superintendent or designee is responsible for the reported scores of individual students and they shall be made available only to appropriate personnel within the school and to parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of each student as provided by law. Interpretation of test results shall be made available to parents and students.

The Board will provide funding for the student assessment program, including professional development for teachers in the use of tools to understand assessment results, to adjust instruction to meet personalized needs of students, and to monitor progress.

The Superintendent will provide an ongoing evaluation of the assessment program, and will provide regular reports to the Board showing the effectiveness of the curriculum on improving student performance.


Legal References:
RSA 193-C, Statewide Education Improvement and Assessment Program
NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.24(b)(1), Assessment
NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.24(c)(4), Assessment


Adopted: August 29, 2006