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Assessment (Testing) Information
The Division of Assessment of the Idaho State Department of Education’s
purpose is to measure and improve student achievement, identify areas needing intervention, remediation or acceleration, inform
parents and guardians about their child's progress, provide comparative local, state and national data regarding the achievement
of students in essential skill areas, identify performance trends in student achievement across grade levels tested and student
growth over time, and help to determine the technical assistance and consultation priorities for the State Department of Education.
School Report Card for 2009-10
Required State Tests & Assessments
Reading Indicator (IRI)
The Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI), is a reading test that is administered
a minimum of two times each school year (Fall and Spring), to all Idaho public school students in grades Kindergarten through
the 3rd grade. It is a ten minute assessment which measures the skills each student should have mastered by the
time of testing. The IRI identifies those students who may need more intensive support in gaining early reading skills. IRI
data is reported online to the State Department of Education at the end of each testing session. Districts must provide 40
hours of reading intervention for those students scoring below grade level on the test.
Reading Readiness and phonological awareness.
1st & 2nd & 3rd Graders: Assesses fluency and accuracy of the students reading skills.
Students are measured on their abilities to identify letters, sound out words, read sight words, spell,
detect and generate rhyme, detect syllables, read a story and answer comprehension questions depending on their grade level.
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Important Testing Dates
Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI):
Fall Testing Dates: August 22 to September 30, 2011
Fall Reporting Window Closes: October
Winter Testing Dates: The Idaho State Department of
Education recommends the Winter Benchmark Assessment be completed by the classroom teacher or school personnel trained in
giving the assessment, using a grade level benchmark assessment provided by AIMSweb.
Dates: April 9 to May 11, 2012
Spring Reporting Window Closes: June 1, 2012
Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
The ISAT is an important component of the statewide student assessment system. The
ISAT is administered to students in grades 3rd through 8th and 10th, to provide ongoing monitoring of
individual, school, district, and state progress. One component of the ISAT, required for high school graduation, is the 10th
grade test in reading, language usage, and mathematics. Proficiency on the 10th grade ISAT verifies that an Idaho student
has met Idaho standards in reading, language usage, and mathematics.
Academic proficiency is more than test scores. Competency in
reading, language usage, mathematics, and science is the goal for every child. In accordance with No Child Left Behind, the
ISAT measures proficiency in four key areas:
Arts (Reading and Language Usage) Assessments
The language arts assessments of the ISAT are composed of items that address standards,
goals, and objectives for grade 3-8 and 10 in two separate assessments, reading and language usage. The reading goals and
objectives for each grade are distributed among two reporting categories: Reading Process and Comprehension/Interpretation.
The language usage goals and objectives for each grade are distributed among two reporting categories: Writing Process and
The mathematics assessment of the ISAT is composed of items that address standards, goals, and objectives
for grades 3-8 and 10. The goals and objectives for each grade are distributed among five reporting categories: Number and
Operations; Concepts and Principles of Measurement; Concepts and Language of Algebra and Functions; Principles of Geometry;
and Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics.
The science assessment of the ISAT is composed of items that address standards, goals, and objectives for
grades 5, 7, and 10. The goals and objectives for each grade are distributed among five reporting categories: Nature of Science,
Physical Science, Biology, Earth and Space Systems, and Personal and Social Perspectives; Technology.
ISAT Event Calendar 2011-12
Includes / Notes Due
Last week of each test window is for make-up tests only. Retesting of 11th and 12th graders only.
Last week of each test window is for make-up tests only. Grades
3-10 will test. 9th grade pretest results are not part of AYP and will not be banked.11th and 12th grades will retest. Note:
Final testing day is Thursday, May 10, 2012.
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Final score reports available.
Idaho Alternative Assessment I.A.A.
The Idaho Alternative Assessment is for students with disabilities who are unable to participate in
the general education statewide assessments. This test consists of teacher ratings based on a variety of performance demonstrations.
DMA testing is now an optional.
Direct Mathematics Assessment (DMA)
The Direct Mathematics Assessment (DMA) is an optional performance test given
locally in the fourth grades. It consists of five mathematical problems for each grade level. Students are required to answer
the first problem and then choose three of the remaining four problems to answer. Each problem has several components requiring
answers and demonstration of student work. The assessment is scored using a scoring rubric/standard. The assessment is 60
minutes in length. The DMA may be given once a year usually in the middle of the school year.
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DWA testing is now optional.
The Idaho Direct Writing Assessment (DWA)
The Idaho Direct Writing Assessment
(DWA) is an optional performance test given locally in the fifth grade. It assesses progress toward achieving Idaho Language
Arts Standards. The DWA requires students to plan and write an essay in response to an assigned prompt within a 90-minute
time frame. The prompts used for the DWA are developed by Idaho teachers’, field tested in Idaho schools, and reviewed
by the Idaho DWA Steering Committee. Fifth-grade
students are asked to write a narrative essay. Idaho teachers then score the writing samples.
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the official website.
National: Required Tests and Assessments
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also
known as the "Nation's Report Card," is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what
America's students know and can do. Its major goals are to measure student achievement and to report change in performance
over time. NAEP provides results for the nation and for the states, but does not provide scores for Idaho school districts,
schools, classrooms, or individual students.
The Idaho State Board of Education includes NAEP (at grades 4th, 8th, and 12th) in
the state testing program because it gives us comparative state and national information about student achievement in reading,
mathematics, science and writing. Even though the U.S. Department of Education pays for and administers NAEP, there is no
federal requirement that an individual student complete all or any part of the assessment. However, Idaho administrative law
does require that students enrolled in Idaho public schools (and public charter schools) participate in NAEP, if selected,
just as they would in the Idaho Standards Achievement Tests or any of the other state mandated assessments.
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