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SHOW ME THE RECORDS: District website gives access to testing calendar, assessment plan

By Shaina Cavazos
January 14, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Most government records are open to the public at no charge. These records give citizens the opportunity to find out what’s going on, how their elected officials are spending tax dollars, how the various departments within a governmental entity work and other valuable information needed to make strong decisions for the future. Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. For a complete list of Show Me the Records, go to http://columbiamissourian.com/records.

The records: Columbia Public Schools standardized testing schedule and plan for district assessments.

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Why you'd want them: The testing schedule shows each test that students K-12 take during a given year, when the tests are, what grades they apply to and what subjects they are for. They also list any exceptions or special notes that need to be taken in consideration, such as eligibility for the test or dates that are still to-be-determined.

The assessment plan details the goals the district has regarding student achievement on tests and what the guiding philosophies are behind giving the assessments.

Where you get the records: Go to http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/depts/research.php and click on either the "Testing and Assessment Calendar" link or the "District Assessment Plan" link. The links will open PDF documents in a new page or ask to be downloaded.

How much it will cost: The information is free.