Announcement: Important Test Information
The ISAT Science, End-of-Course and Alternate Assessments (for ELA and Math) will be administered by AIR beginning Spring 2017 Test Administration.
Additional updates and resource manuals will be posted on the AIR portal as they become available.
Each year, students in grades 3-8 and once in high school take the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to determine whether they have achieved the standards for their grade level and subject area. There are tests for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. In grades 5 and 7, students also take the ISAT science assessment.
These tests are administered to provide ongoing monitoring of individual, school, district, and state progress. Academic proficiency is more than scores. Competency in all academic areas is the goal for every child. This once a year (summative) test is an important component of the statewide student assessment system as stated in IDAPA 08.02.03.111.06.
The ISAT items address a variety of skill levels, from short-term recall to skills and problem solving. The ISAT summative assessment is administered during the last 8 weeks of the school. It consists of two parts: a computer-adaptive test and performance tasks that are given on the computer.
The Assessment Main Objectives:
- To give an indication of both student achievement and growth of student learning as part of program evaluation and school, district, and the state accountability system
- To provide a valid, reliable, and fair measures of students’ progress toward, and the attainment of the knowledge and skills required to be college and career ready
- To capitalize on the strengths of computer-adaptive testing — efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement with quick turnaround of results
ISAT ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Score Reports*
When your school district provides you with your student’s score report for the 2016 ISAT in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics, you may have questions about what the scores mean, how they are used, and where you can find relevant educational resources.
- View the Understanding Your Student’s Scores | (Spanish) document to assist you as you review and discuss your student’s performance in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics.
- Note that each school district will provide the score report within three weeks of obtaining all scores for their district. Parents and families throughout Idaho may receive this information at slightly different times.
For additional information, please refer to the Resource Tabs below.
*Note: If you have questions about your individual student's score report, contact your local school district.
ISAT Science Score Reports
If your school district provided you with an ISAT Science score report for your student and you are interested in more information on that specific test, please visit the ISAT Science webpage.