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603.01 Student Testing Program

603.01     

STUDENT TESTING PROGRAM

A comprehensive testing program shall be established and maintained to evaluate the total program of the school district and to provide better guidance or counseling services to students and their families.  The Board of Directors is responsible for granting approval to the evaluation and testing program.

The Board of Directors shall require persons who administer psychological tests to hold a valid Department of Education certificate as a school psychologist.

No student shall be required, as part of any program which is funded by the United States Department of Education, to submit, without prior consent, to psychiatric or psychological examination, testing or treatment, in which the primary purpose is to reveal information concerning:

  1. political affiliations;
  2. mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or his/her family;
  3. sex behavior and attitudes;
  4. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;
  5. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
  6. legally recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers; or
  7. income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

Prior consent to any such psychiatric or psychological examination, testing or treatment means the prior written consent of the student’s parent or guardian or, if the student is emancipated, of the student.

As used herein, the terms psychiatric or psychological examination, testing or treatment are intended to have their ordinary and customary meaning which refers to a recognized medical or therapeutic discipline practiced by licensed professionals.  These terms do not include ordinary classroom activities or teaching techniques.

The superintendent of schools, with the assistance of his/her professional staff, shall develop standards and procedures to evaluate the educational program and student progress within each area of instruction.

LEGAL REF: Iowa Administrative Code 3.5(13); Hatch Act Amendments

Approved:          3/14/88            Reviewed:         10/27/14          Revised: ___________

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