Board of Education Policy 4720: Testing Programs

The Board of Education believes that standardized testing programs can provide a meaningful source of information about the curriculum and overall student achievement. The Board, therefore, authorizes a program of testing to help accomplish the following objectives:

1. to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the current curriculum and methods of instruction;

2. to provide one means to evaluate student growth through individual interdistrict, and intradistrict comparison;

3. to provide teachers with diagnostic information which will enable them to better address the instructional needs of their students; and

4. to provide a basis for longitudinal study of student achievement.

Information gained through the use of testing programs will be used to design educational opportunities for students to better meet their individual and collective needs. The Board views this purpose as a primary function of schools.

The Board recognizes that tests provide only a limited source of information and will therefore be used only in conjunction with all other information known about a student or to assist the student in improving the student’s work.

Records of the results of standardized test shall be maintained in accordance with the district’s policy on student records.

Ref: 8 NYCRR §§100.3(b)2; 100.4(d)1; 100.5(a)4; 100.5(b)5; 100.5(c)5

Adopted: February 26, 1996