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St. Francis Area Schools
A PreK-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

318 Assessment of Standard Achievement


The purpose of this policy is to institute a process for the establishment and revision of assessments to be used to determine how well students have achieved Graduation Standards.


The School District has established a procedure by which students shall complete the Graduation Standards. This procedure includes the adoption of performance packages to be used in assessing student performance. The School District strives to continually enhance student achievement of the Graduation Standards.


A. “Benchmark: means the academic knowledge and skills students must achieve at each grade level or high school level to satisfactorily complete a state standard.

B. “Elective standards” are the academic standards adopted by the School District in th subject areas of health and physical education, vocational and technical education, and world languages.


A. The School Board shall establish criteria by which student performance of the locally adopted Graduation Standards and elective standards are to be evaluated and approved. The criteria will be submitted to the School Board for approval. Upon approval by the School Board, the criteria shall be deemed part of this policy.

B. The superintendent shall ensure that students and parents or guardians are provided with notice of the process by which Graduation Standards will be assessed.

C. Staff members will be expected to utilize staff development opportunities to the extent necessary to ensure effective implementation and continued improvement of the implementation of the Minnesota Academic Standards at levels.


A. Benchmarks

The School District will offer academic knowledge and skills to allow students to satisfactorily complete a state standards by the use of grade level or high school level benchmarks. These benchmarks will be used by the school district and its staff in developing tests to measure student academic knowledge and skills.

B. Local Assessments

Locally selected assessments are expected to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their achievement of the elective standards or other locally adopted standards. Scoring criteria for performance assessment of elective or other locally adopted standards will be determined by the curriculum adoption process.

C. Statewide Academic Standards Testing

1. Commencing with the 2005-2006 school year and later, the School District will utilize state constructed tests developed from and aligned with the state’s required academic standards as these tests become available. If a state assessment is not available, the school district will determine if a student has met the required academic standards through locally developed assessments.

2. The School District will administer annually, in accordance with the process determined by the Education Department, the state-constructed tests to all students in grades three through eight and at the high school level as follows:

a. Annual reading and mathematic assessments in grades three through eight and at the high school level for the 2005-06 school year and later; and

b. Annual science assessments in one grade in the grades three through five span, the grades six through nine span, and a life science assessment in the grades ten through twelve span for the 2007-08 school year and later.

c. Mathematics assessments in grades three through eight and eleven beginning in 2010-11 school year that are aligned with the state academic standards in mathematics; and

d. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, eleventh grade mathematics tests must include algebra II test items that are aligned with corresponding state academic standards in mathematics.

3. The School District will determine locally if a student has meet the required academic standards.

4. Students for who the statewide or locally constructed tests are inappropriate, as determined by the student’s individualized education program team, or students with limited English proficiency, shall be exempt from or provided appropriate, technically sound accommodations or alternate assessments for statewide and local testing with the approval of the student’s parent or guardian.

5. The School District may use a student’s performance on a statewide assessment as one of the multiple criteria to determine grade promotion or retention. The School District also may use a high school student’s performance on a statewide assessment as a percentage of the student’s final grade in a course, or place a student’s assessment score on the student’s transcript.

D. Rigorous Course of Study Waiver

1. Upon receiving a student’s application signed by the student’s parent or guardian, the school district must declare that a student meets or exceeds a specific academic standard required for graduation if the School Board determines that the student:

a. Is participating in a course of study, including an advanced placement or international baccalaureate course of program; a learning opportunity outside the curriculum of the school district; or an approved preparatory program for employment or postsecondary education that is equally or more rigorous that the corresponding state or local academic standard required by the School District.

b. Would be precluded from participating in the rigorous course of study, learning opportunity, or preparatory employment or postsecondary education program if the student were required to achieve the academic standard to be waived; and

c. Satisfactorily completes the requirements for the rigorous course of student, learning opportunity, or preparatory employment or postsecondary education program.

2. The School Board also may formally determine other circumstances in which to declare that a student meets or exceeds a specific academic standard that the site requires for graduation under the section.

3. A student who satisfactorily completes a postsecondary enrollment options course or program or an advanced placement or international baccalaureate course of program is not required to complete other requirements of the academic standards corresponding to that specific rigorous course of study.

Legal References:
Minn. Stat. § 120B.02 (educational Expectations for Minnesota Students)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.11 (School District Process)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.022 (Elective Standards)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.023 (Benchmarks)
Minn. Stat. § 120B.30 (Statewide Testing and Reporting System)
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0010 - 3501.0180 (Rules Relating to Graduation Standards - Mathematics and Reading)
Minn. Rule Parts 3501.0200 - 3501.0290 (Rules Relating to Graduation Standards - Written Composition) 20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (No Child Left Behind Act)

Adopted: April 12, 2010

School Board
Independent School District 15
St. Francis, Minnesota

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