Idaho - Student Assessments: English Language Arts

English Language Arts
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The Idaho State Department of Education is preparing to administer new assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts aligned to the new Idaho Core Standards during the 2014-2015 school year.


These new assessments will be used to gauge how well students are mastering these new, higher academic standards. These assessments will ultimately be used to determine how ready students are for college and careers after high school.

The new assessments will differ from the previous Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) in several ways. While the ISAT only measured student knowledge based on multiple-choice questions, the new test will include different types of questions such as open-ended response,
technology-enhanced items, and performance tasks. These questions will better measure what a student truly knows and is able to do at the end of each grade level. In addition, the new test will help your school better measure your child’s academic growth in a given school year.

While this new test will not be officially administered to all students in grades 3-11 until Spring 2015, all of Idaho’s public schools will be participating in a field test this spring to ensure that the testing process runs smoothly when new tests are administered next year. This means that
instead of taking the ISAT in math, reading, and language in Spring 2014, your child will take the field tests in math and English language arts.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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