When are students tested? 1
Annually, 3rd through 11th grades
What subjects are tested? 1
What types of questions are used? 1
Short written response
Extended written response
Examples of student work
How are test results used? 1
Improvement of instruction
School performance reporting
What tests are used? 1
Iowa Test of Basic Skills (grades 3 - 8)
Direct Mathematics Assessment (grades 4, 8)
Direct Writing Assessment (grades 4, 8, 11)
Tests of Achievement and Proficiency (grades 9 - 11)
Are students with disabilities exempt?
Exemptions given to students unable to participate in regular assessment programs even with appropriate accommodations.
By July 1999, exempt students will participate in alternate assessment.
What accommodations are available so
that students with disabilities can participate? 2
Accommodations available as recommended by IEP team.
How are scores of students with disabilities
School, district, and statewide reports combine ("aggregate") scores of students with disabilities participating in the assessment without accommodations or with accommodations which are not considered to alter fundamentally the test.
School, district, and statewide reports separate ("disaggregate") scores of students with disabilities receiving accommodations which are considered to alter fundamentally the test.
1 Source: PEER Project Survey to expand and update information from Annual Survey of State Student Assessment Programs: Data on 1995-96 Statewide Student Assessment Programs. (Fall 1996). Council of Chief State School Officers.
2 Source: PEER Project review of state policy documents. Documents provided by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO). Information confirmed and updated by the PEER Project through direct communication with state officials.
3 NOTE: The IDEA Amendments of 1997 require that all students be included in statewide assessments.
Idaho Department of Education
Special Education Section
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027
Contact: Nolene Weaver, Supervisor
Sally Tiel, Coordinator of Guidance, Assessment, and Evaluation
Idaho Parent Center on Disability
Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc.
4696 Overland Road, Suite 478
Boise, ID 83705
208-342-5884 Voice & TDD
Contact: Ruth Griggs
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