It is that time of the year to assess student's learning using Idaho State Assessment Tests (ISAT). The ISAT is computer administered, will be utilized to assess English Language Arts (ELA), English Language Arts Performance Test (Write a multi-paragraph essay), Math, and Math Performance Test. Students in grades 5 and 7 will also complete a Science assessment. The ELA and Math test are Computer Adaptive to the skill of the child. The performance tests will be skill based and the student must demonstrate through writing or showing their work how they complete the task. These assessments will be taking place starting on Monday, April 10 and continuing for the next several weeks. The students will start with the Math, then do the Math Performance, then the ELA, then finish with the ELA performance test (Writing a multi-paragraph essay).
These are important tests for your child. Students and parents can have greater success with the test administration process when they know what they are going to be tested on, why they are being tested, and how long they will be assessed. This is a summative assessment and these scores will follow them. The ultimate goal is to demonstrate growth over the coming years. The student needs to be prepared, take the assessment seriously, take their time (the tests are not timed), and use good test taking strategies.
Parents can access complete Practice Tests in English and math for grades 3 through 8 and 11 at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/practice-test/.
Practice and Training Tests - Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The Smarter Balanced Practice Test and the Training Test provide students with a preview of test questions aligned to academic standards for grades 3–8 and high school in both English language arts/literacy and math. Both resources can help teachers and students ... Read More
How long will the assessments take?
The Math and English assessments each have two components:
o Computer-adaptive assessments: A set of assessment questions in a variety of formats that will be customized to each student based on answers to previous questions. In this way, the assessments can most accurately measure each student’s knowledge and skills.
o Performance tasks: Collections of questions and activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario. These activities are meant to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional test questions. The performance tasks will be taken on a computer (but will not be computer-adaptive) and will take one to two class periods to complete.
These tests are not timed. Testing will occur in multiple sessions, so students will typically spend 1 to 1.5 hours per day on the assessments over several days.
I am available to discuss any of the assessments with you. If you have questions or concerns please contact me by phone 208-939-5400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to help you understand the assessments here at Rolling Hills.
Shane Pratt, MSEd