The school system's own parent handbook has a reference to the state regulation that gives parents access to these test results. Their handbook and the state reg. (which is online) both define all standardized test results as part of the student's temporary record, and say that the school has to release the record to the parent. The state says within ten days and the school's own policy says within two work days of the parent requesting the record.
The problem here is that there was no definition of the word "request." I think perhaps the school was concerned that since according to the state reg., they need to keep a log of access to each student's record, they needed a written request for student standardized test scores? The weird part to me is that the scores aren't treated like grades. Students are just sent home with their own grades--the school doesn't even mail them.
I sent the request for the test scores this morning through the US mail with a tracking number so they can't say they didn't get it. I thought that was better than walking it over in person.
The test is an achievement test called MAP. It's not a state test, but because our state is one of the enthusiastic school reform states, they do extra testing to check whether students below the age of the first state achievement test are doing OK. The testing company has a website that explains how to read the results. Basically, I wasn't concerned about these test results until I realized how many times the teacher had put me off when I asked for them. Then I had a conversation with another parent who hadn't been given her child's results when SHE asked for them, and told me that a THIRD mom in the classroom was also having trouble getting the record.
I realize there are a lot of ways I could give the teacher and the administration the benefit of the doubt, so I'm going to try to just do that. In the meantime, I've read both the school's policy and the state reg. and both say I can appeal any decisions about my son's record. So if they try to make some claim about why they don't need to share this information with me, I have recourse.
The fact that I would NEED recourse is RIDICULOUS, but there you have it. The teacher told me three or four times that she'd give me access to these scores, and didn't, the whole bleepin' year.