Parental Rights to Inspect and Review Assessments and Materials

Parents have the right to inspect assessments and materials given to their children. Do not let ill-informed and misguided administrators shut you out of your child’s education.

RSA 193-C:10 effective September 12, 2014; see also RSA 193-C:10 set out above.] 193-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

The following was posted to Manchester Parents Against Common Core, a public Facebook group, by Representative Victoria Sullivan on December 22, 2014.

I received a response today from Dr. Livingston in response of my request to see the district tests that my children would be taking and timeline. Her response was that she could not honor my request pursuant to RSA 91:a:5 Which is in regard to public officers and employees. She specifically cited:
Section 91-A:5
91-A:5 Exemptions. – The following governmental records are exempted from the provisions of this chapter:
I. Records of grand and petit juries.
I-a. The master jury list as defined in RSA 500-A:1, IV.
II. Records of parole and pardon boards.
III. Personal school records of pupils.
IV. Records pertaining to internal personnel practices; confidential, commercial, or financial information; test questions, scoring keys, and other examination data used to administer a licensing examination, examination for employment, or academic examinations; and personnel, medical, welfare, library user, videotape sale or rental, and other files whose disclosure would constitute invasion of privacy….