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Board Of Education

West Hartford has an elected seven-member Board of Education which is required by State Statute and Town Charter to oversee public education.
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The Board of Education recognizes that assessment is an integral component of teaching and learning and that it provides decision makers, including teachers, parents/guardians, students, administrators, and Board of Education members with the information they need to monitor and advance student, teacher, school, and district progress.


Specifically, our system-wide assessment program, combined with standardized tests, provides the following information:


  • Classroom:  To inform instruction and provide data to assist teachers to make informed instructional decisions, plans, and changes regarding classroom instruction for individuals and classrooms; to provide feedback to students and parents about their children’s progress
  • School:  To monitor progress across classrooms and programs; to provide indicators of the progress of classrooms and schools toward the established goals; to inform the public of the schools’ progress toward district goals
  • District/Community:  To provide information over time to assist in making changes to instructional programs, policies, or practices to help all children to succeed; to provide data related to Board of Education goals and district indicators of progress.


Other guiding principles related to assessment include:


  • The results of all assessments will be carefully reviewed to better meet the needs of students in attaining their learning goals.
  • The administration will design assessments that contribute to the learning process.
  • The district’s assessment expectations, approach, and tools will be reviewed and evaluated periodically to ensure consistency with instructional best practice and compliance with all relevant state and federal laws.
  • Locally and commercially developed assessments (including required statewide mastery assessments, as required by law) may be employed.


Legal Reference:         Connecticut General Statutes:
                                            10-14n Statewide mastery examination.  Certification  of mastery.
                                                  Limtations on use of test results.  Examinations in
                                                  Accordance with Federal No Child Left Behind Act; funding.
              Kindergarten assessment tool.
                              10-14q  Exceptions
PL 107-110—Title I, 34 CFR Part 2000


Adopted:  May 16, 1988
Revised:   June 5, 2012
Please note that former policy #6340 (Testing Program) is now covered under policy #6341.

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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