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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

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.



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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