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Assessment Literacy Basics

Welcome to Assessment Literacy Basics. In these modules, you will learn about what balanced assessment systems and Summative Assessment, and why they are beneficial to students.

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Arabic (PDF, 76KB)

Chinese (PDF, 137KB)

English (PDF, 82KB)

French (PDF, 116KB)

Khmer (PDF, 88KB)

Kinyarwanda (83KB)

Portuguese (PDF, 83KB)

Russian (PDF, 96KB)

Somali (PDF, 84KB)

Spanish (PDF, 82KB)

Vietnamese (PDF, 290KB)

Federal Requirements

Section 1111(b)(2)(B) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 requires the same assessment be used to measure the achievement of all public elementary and secondary school students in the state.

Section 1111(b)(2)(B) Requirements: The assessments under subparagraph (A) shall - (i) Except as provided in subparagraph (D), be
(I) The same academic assessments used to measure the achievement of all public elementary school and secondary school students in the State; And (II) Administered to all public elementary school and secondary school students in the State;

Section 1111(c)(4)(E) of ESSA indicates: (E) Annual Assessment of Achievement - (i) Annually measure the achievement of not less than 95 percent of all students, and 95 of all students in each subgroup of students, who are enrolled in public schools on the assessments described under subsection (b)(2)(v)(I). (ii)For the purpose of measuring, calculating and reporting on the indicator described in subparagraph (B)(i), include in the denominator the greater of
(I) 95 percent of all students, or 95 percent of all such students in the subgroup, as the case may be; or (II) The number of students participating in the assessments (III) Provide a clear and understandable explanation of how the State will factor the requirement of clause (i) of this subparagraph into the statewide accountability system.

Federal statute requires that parents receive a notification indicating their right to request the districts policies and procedures regarding student participation in state and local assessments. When this information is requested, the district will provide all applicable information to families. The district should be prepared to provide families with their assessment related policies and procedures, this would include an non-participation (opt-out) procedure if the district and school has such a procedure in place.

Section 1112(e)(2)(A) of ESSA indicates: (2) Testing transparency
(A) In general At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under this part shall notify the parents of each student attending any school receiving funds under this part that the parents may request, and the local educational agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding any State or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by Section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or local education agency, which shall include a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of such assessment, where applicable.


SAU Resources to Support Families
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Arabic Arabic PDF Arabic Word
Chinese Chinese PDF Chinese Word
English English PDF English Word
French French PDF French Word
Khmer Khmer PDF Khmer Word
Kinyarwanda Kinyarwanda PDF Kinyarwanda Word
Lingala Lingala PDF Lingala Word
Portuguese Portuguese PDF Portuguese Word
Russian Russian PDF Russian Word
Somali Somali PDF Somali Word
Spanish Spanish PDF Spanish Word
Vietnamese Vietnamese PDF Vietnamese Word