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Santa Maria-Bonita SD |  BP  6162.5  Instruction

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The district will establish and maintain a standardized basic testing and evaluation program which can be used, communicated and interpreted by the school and by the district, and which may be used to identify schools with the greatest numbers or concentrations of educationally disadvantaged youth as required by Education Code 520ll(c) and Administrative Code, Title 5 Section 4400.

The testing program shall be administered in grades 1 to 8 and shall evaluate the school performance of students in basic skills and content courses.

The testing program will lend itself to:

l. A qualitative assessment of the educational program of the district for purposes of reporting the overall status of the district and charting the growth of its students, grades, schools and areas from year to year.

2. Appropriate reports to the Governing Board.

3. Interpretation and use by the teacher, counselor, and administrator so that the test findings will influence the guidance and counseling of individual children, and the development of a high quality curriculum.

The program will reflect the academic growth of students according to their own capacities and to local and national norms; minimize the workload of school personnel in terms of test administration, scoring, interpretation and use; be adequate and financially feasible; require reasonable training for involved school personnel; and assess the growth of students in the basic skills and subjects in all grades. No standardized group test may be administered which provides or attempts to provide a single measure of general scholastic aptitude of a student or group of students except as provided by law (Education Code 60614).

The district testing and evaluation program shall include those tests required by state law.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

51041 Evaluation of educational program

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

60600-60649 Assessment of academic achievement

60800 Physical fitness testing

60810 Assessment of language development

60850-60856 Exit examination

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

850-870 Standardized Testing and Reporting program

880-901 Designated primary language test

1200-1216 High School Exit Examination

Management Resources:

CDE PROGRAM ADVISORIES

Students with Disabilities: Guidelines for Testing the California Standardized Testing and Reporting Program

0327.86 Reporting norm-referenced standardized achievement test scores to parents

CSBA ADVISORIES

0306.01 California Assessment Update

0313.00 Districts must ensure that all required student data is submitted to the publisher, or face financial penalty #00-01

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS PUBLICATIONS

The Use of Tests as Part of High-Stakes Decision-Making for Students: A Resource Guide for Educators and Policy-Makers, December 2001

WEB SITES

CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

Policy SANTA MARIA-BONITA SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: November 12, 1986 Santa Maria, California