Educational Records: PARENT RIGHT TO ACCESS ONLINE TEST PROTOCOLS AND ANSWER SHEETS

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Margot:  Do parents’ have any rights to review their child’s online test protocols and answer sheets? If so, are there any restrictions placed on accessing specific tests? In response to my request, to review protocols and answer sheets, I was told, “the test questions and answer sheets are online and not available.” I was then directed to a link to review sample questions.

Thank you, very much, for your help.

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Along this same line, I asked to see the actual evaluation notes of the school psychologist that tested my child for anxiety disorder. I did not want to just hear her “assessment” (because I thought she was in the school’s back pocket). I wanted to see the actual test results. She refused to show them to me even after I told her I was his mother and I had a right to see the results of her testing of my child. She stated she was not required to do so and even made it sound like it was ethically inappropriate! He was 10 years old at the time, not 18!

Are you talking about annual state testing? If so: in my state (NY), a parent can make an appointment to view her child’s test booklets. However, I think it is only a certain subset of questions (the “released questions”). I do this every year, I just haven’t done it yet this fall. You have to view the child’s work in the district office in the same room with an employee. I found it very helpful in gauging my son’s strengths and weaknesses.

Check with your state ed office to see what the rules are in your state. (Not the special ed office.)

Work your way up the ladder in your district’s administration as necessary.

Not sure what you mean by protocol. Please explain.

Thank you, so much. I will check with the star DOE. My district repeatedly tells me that they do not have access to online test protocols, like the GMRT., which is an assessment given only to my daughter’s sped class.

I asked, if I could review her online answers if I got myself the GMRT test questions, The district told me that I could review them, “if they are available.” Do you know if there is any caselaw?

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