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 (Reading), 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 15 with small groups and continuing for the next several weeks for all students grades 3-4-5-6-7-8. 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.
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. The student needs to be prepared, take the assessment seriously, eat right, get plenty of sleep at night, take their time (the tests are not timed), and use good test taking strategies. These results will be a part of your child's educational records.
Parents can access complete Practice Tests in English Language Arts (Reading) and Math for grades 3 through 8 and 11 at http://idaho.portal.airast.org/training-tests.stml
Practice and Training Tests - ISAT Portal
The purpose of these practice tests and training tests is to become familiar with the system, functionality, and item types; the tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction.
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