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Stanislaus COE |  BP  6162.5  Instruction

Student Assessment   

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The Stanislaus County Office of Education recognizes that student assessments are an important instructional and accountability tool. Assessment data shall be used to help determine individual students' progress, mastery of academic standards, appropriate placement in County Office of Education programs, and/or eligibility for graduation. In addition, summary data on student assessment results shall be used by the County Office to identify and review student achievement goals in the County Office's local control and accountability plan, evaluate County Office educational programs in order to identify needed improvements, and, as appropriate, evaluate staff performance.

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 2140 - Evaluation of the Superintendent)

(cf. 4115 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 4315 - Evaluation/Supervision)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity)

(cf. 6162.51 - State Academic Achievement Tests)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

To obtain the most accurate evaluation of student performance, the County Office of Education shall use a variety of measures, including district, state, and/or national assessments. As appropriate, assessment results shall be disaggreagated by student subgroup, classroom, grade level, and/or school site to allow for critical analysis of student needs.

(cf. 3553 - Free and Reduced Price Meals)

In selecting or developing any district assessment, the County Superintendent of Schools or designee shall examine evidence of its reliability, its validity for the intended purpose and for various student populations, and the extent to which it aligns with the material that is being taught.

The County Superintendent or designee shall ensure that assessments are administered in accordance with law and the test publisher's directions and that test administration procedures are fair and equitable for all students.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in County Office Programs and Activities)

(cf. 6162.54 - Test Integrity/Test Preparation)

The County Superintendent or designee shall provide professional development as needed to assist administrators and teachers in interpreting and using assessment data to improve student performance and the instructional program.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

When County Office wide and school-level results of student assessments are published by the state, the County Superintendent or designee may provide supplementary information to assist parents/guardians and the community in understanding test results.

(cf. 0510 - School Accountability Report Card)

Individual Record of Accomplishment

The County Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each student, by the end of grade 12, has an individual record of accomplishment that includes the following: (Education Code 60607)

1. The results of the state achievement tests administered pursuant to Education Code 60640-60649 or any predecessor assessments

2. The results of any end-of-course examinations taken

3. The results of any vocational education certification examinations taken

(cf. 6178 - Career Technical Education)

No individual record of accomplishment shall be released to any person, other than the student's parent/guardian or a teacher, counselor, or administrator directly involved with the student, without the written consent of the student's parent/guardian, or the student if he/she is an adult or emancipated minor. The student or his/her parent/guardian may authorize the release of the record of accomplishment to a postsecondary educational institution for the purposes of credit, placement, or admission. (Education Code 60607)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

Legal Reference:


313 Assessment of English language development

10600-10610 California Education Information System

44660-44665 Evaluation and assessment of performance of certificated employees (Stull Act)

49558 Free and reduced-price meals; use of individual applications and records

51041 Evaluation of educational program

51450-51455 Golden State Seal Merit Diploma

52052 Academic Performance Index; numerically significant student subgroups

52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan

60600-60649 Assessment of academic achievement, especially:

60640-60649 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

60800 Physical fitness testing

60810-60812 Assessment of English language development

60850-60859 High school exit examination

60900 California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System


850-864 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

1200-1225 High School Exit Examination


9622 National Assessment of Educational Progress

Management Resources:


Key Elements of Testing, May 2004


Teachers' Use of Student Data Systems to Improve Instruction, 2007



California Department of Education, Testing and Accountability:

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium:

U.S. Department of Education:


adopted: May 18, 2011 Modesto, California

revised: February 27, 2015