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Parents have a Right to INSPECT & REVIEW their Child's Smarter Balanced Assessment Materials

It's time that parents started demanding that the NH Department of Education follow the law. The Department released the results of the Smarter Balanced assessments on November 12, 2015.

Under RSA 193-C:10, parents may ask to INSPECT & REVIEW their child's assessment materials: the questions asked and the child's answers, plus any instructions given or supplementary materials related to the assessment.

RSA193-C:10 Accessibility of Assessment Materials. – After the assessment results are released by the department, a pupil's parent or legal guardian shall have the right to INSPECT AND REVIEW the pupil's assessment, including the questions asked, the pupil's answers, instructions or directions to the pupil, and other supplementary materials related or used to administer the pupil's assessment. A parent or legal guardian shall direct a request for inspection or review to the pupil's school, and the school shall comply with such request within 45 days of its receipt. The department of education shall make available released assessment items on the department's website as soon as possible after the statewide assessment results are released. The commissioner shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, to implement procedures for the review and inspection of assessment materials. These rules shall provide parents and legal guardians with no fewer rights accorded to them under the Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232g.

Source. 1998, 290:1, eff. Jan. 1, 1999. 2014, 219:1, eff. Sept. 12, 2014.

If your child took the Smarter Balanced assessments, you should be allowed to review the assessment and your child's work on that assessment. It's irrelevant that the assessment was given online. The Commissioner of Education should have selected a statewide assessment that comported with the requirements of state law.

Parents are not asking to inspect and review "released assessment items" on the department's website. Parents need to see the actual assessment questions presented to their child and the answers their child gave. It is not impossible to satisfy this request. All this information is tabulated carefully on computers and stored in data systems.

Parents need to send the following letter to their superintendent as soon as possible:

Dear Superintendent {your superintendent's name},

NH law, RSA 193-C:10, states that parents have the right to inspect and review their child's statewide assessment, in this case the Smarter Balanced. Parents have the right to see their own child's actual assessment including the questions asked, their child's answers, the materials used etc. I would like to see this information within 45 days of this request as designated under state law.

{your name}

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