SUPTS. MEMO NO. 173
September 22, 2000
|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Designation of Race or Ethnicity by Public Elementary School Students|
Senate Bill 224, enacted by the 2000 General Assembly, requires that public elementary school students not be required to disclose their race or ethnic status on tests or other assessment instruments. However, school personnel are not prohibited from obtaining such information from student records and placing it on the test or assessment instrument. School division personnel involved in testing students at the elementary level should make plans to comply with this code section as soon as possible. The code section is noted below for your reference.
School board employees administering tests or other assessment instruments shall not require any public elementary school students being tested to disclose their race or ethnicity on such tests. Nothing in this section shall, however, prevent relevant school division personnel from obtaining such information from the studentsí permanent record and placing such information on such test or assessment instrument.