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IKA, Grading and Assessment Systems

IKA, Grading and Assessment Systems

The Board believes that students will respond more positively to the opportunity for success than to the threat of failure. The district will seek, therefore, in its instructional program to make achievement both recognizable and possible for students. It will emphasize achievement in its processes of evaluating student performance.

State assessment system

State and federal law require district students to take standardized assessments in the instructional areas of English language arts, math and science. State law also requires students in elementary and middle schools to take standardized assessments in the instructional area of social studies. Accordingly, the district will administer standardized assessments pursuant to these state and federal legal requirements.

State law also requires the district to adopt policies and/or procedures concerning the use of pencil and paper on the computerized portion of state assessments; parent requests to excuse their children from taking state assessments; and the district’s assessment calendar. This policy and its accompanying regulation represent the district’s processes to address these requirements.

1. Pencil and paper testing option

The district may determine that a specific school within the district will use pencil and paper to complete the computerized portions of a state assessment. Factors that will be considered in making this determination include:

  • the technological capacity and resources of the particular school/classroom;
  • students’ previous experience with computerized and written assessments;
  • whether the instructional methodology of the particular school/classroom is consistent with the use of computerized assessments or written assessments; and
  • the logistics of administering the state assessment in different formats at a particular school or schools.

Prior to making this determination, the superintendent or designee will consult with the school principal(s) affected by this determination as well as parents/guardians of students enrolled in the district.

For students with disabilities, the use of pencil and paper instead of a computer to complete a state assessment will be determined by the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team or section 504 team, in accordance with applicable law.

2. Parent/guardian request for exemption

A parent/guardian who wishes to exempt their child from a particular state assessment or assessments will make this request in accordance with this policy’s accompanying regulation.

In accordance with state law, the district will not impose a negative consequence upon a student whose parent/guardian has requested an exemption from a state assessment or assessments.  Students excused by their parents/guardians from participating in a state assessment or assessments will not be prohibited from participating in an activity or from receiving any form of reward that the district provides to students for participating in the state assessment.

This policy’s exemption process will apply only to state assessments pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1006.3 and will not apply to district or classroom assessments.

3. Sharing of student state assessment results with parents/guardians

The Colorado Department of Education is required to provide diagnostic academic growth information for each student enrolled in the district and for each public school in the district based on the state assessment results for the preceding school years. This information will be included in each student’s individual student record. Appropriate school personnel, including those who work directly with the student, will have access to the student’s state assessment results and longitudinal academic growth information and will share with and explain that information to the student’s parent/guardian.

District assessment system

In addition to the state assessment system, a comprehensive system of assessment will be developed by the district that:

  • Challenges students to think critically, apply what they have learned and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
  • Includes “early warning” features that allow problems to be diagnosed promptly to let students, teachers and parents know that extra effort is necessary.
  • Provides reliable and valid information on student and school performance to educators, parents and employers; and
  • Provides timely and useful data for instructional improvement and improved student learning, including feedback useful in determining whether the curriculum is aligned with the district’s academic standards.

In accordance with applicable law, the district’s assessment system will accommodate students with disabilities and limited English language learners.

The district’s assessment results, in combination with state assessment results, will be used as the measurement of student achievement. It is believed these results will provide reliable and valid information about student progress on the district’s academic standards.

Additional assessment information for parents/guardians

In accordance with state law and this policy’s accompanying regulation, the district will distribute an assessment calendar and related information to parents/guardians on an annual basis to inform them about the state and district assessments that the district plans to administer during the school year.

Classroom assessment system

Classroom assessment practices will be aligned with the district’s academic standards and assessment program. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning process that should occur continuously in the classroom. The primary purpose of classroom assessment will be to enable teachers to make instructional decisions for students on a continual basis.

Students are encouraged to engage in informal self-assessments as they study and attempt to solve problems, monitor their own progress and improve their learning.

Grading system

The administration and professional staff will devise a grading system for evaluating and recording student progress and to measure student performance in conjunction with the district’s academic standards. The records and reports of individual students will be kept in a form that will be meaningful to parents as well as teachers. The grading system will be uniform district-wide at comparable grade levels.  Peer grading of student assignments and classroom assessments is permissible.  The intent of this practice is to teach material again in a new context to show students how to assist and respect fellow students.

The Board will approve the grading and reporting systems as developed by the staff, upon recommendation of the superintendent.

The Board recognizes that classroom grading and/or reporting systems, however effective, are subjective in nature but urges all staff to conduct student evaluations as objectively as possible.

Revision History

Adopted prior to 1985
Revised July 9, 1997
Revised September 1, 1999
Revised: January 20, 2016
Revised: May 16, 2018
Revised: May 19, 2021


20 U.S.C. 6311 (b)(2)(A) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to implement mathematics, reading or language arts, and science assessments
20 U.S.C. 6312 (e)(1)(B)(i) under ESSA, district must provide information to parents regarding child’s level of achievement and academic growth on state assessments
20 U.S.C. 6312 (e)(2)(A) under ESSA, district must provide information to a parent regarding district’s opt-out policy for state assessments, at parent’s request for such information
C.R.S. 22-7-1006.3 (1) (state assessment implementation schedule)
C.R.S. 22-7-1005.3 (1)(d) (district must report to CDE the number of students who will take the state assessment in a pencil and paper format
C.R.S. 22-7-1006.3 (7)(d) state assessment results included on student report card if feasible
C.R.S. 11-7-1006.3 (8)(a) policy required to ensure explanation of student state assessment results
C.R.S. 22-7-1013 (1) district academic standards
C.R.S. 22-7-1013 (6) policy required regarding the use of pencil and paper assessments
C.R.S. 22-7-1013 (7) procedure required concerning distribution of assessment calendar to parents/guardians
C.R.S. 22-7-1013 (8) policy and procedure required to allow parents to excuse their children from participating in state assessments
C.R.S. 22-7-1016 (2)(b) results of state “readiness assessments” and national assessments administered in high school must not be included on high school student’s final transcript
C.R.S. 22-11-101 et seq. Education Accountability Act of 2009
C.R.S. 22-11-203(2)(a) principal required to provide educators access to their students’ academic growth information “upon receipt” of that information
C.R.S. 22-11-504 (3) policy required to ensure explanation of student assessment results and longitudinal growth information
1 CCR 301-46 Rules for the Administration of the College Entrance Exam

Cross References

AEA, Standards-Based Education
IA, Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives
IK, Academic Achievement
JRA/JRC, Student Records/Release of Information on Students

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