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ISAT Science (Grades 5 & 7) & EOC-Biology/Chemistry (High School)

Idaho Standard Achievement Test-Science (ISAT Science)
End of Course - Biology and/or Chemistry (EOC)

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What is the ISAT Science and EOC?

The ISAT Science is composed of questions that address standards, goals, and objectives for grades 5 and 7. The goals and objectives for each grade are grouped into five reporting categories: 1) Nature of Science, 2) Physical Science, 3) Biology, 4) Earth and Space Systems, and 5) Personal and Social Perspectives; Technology

The Science End-of-Course Assessments are a component of the Idaho Comprehensive Assessment System. Students are required to be tested once at the high school level in Science. Idaho has chosen to administer each spring the End-of-Course assessments that students take in either Biology or Chemistry.
This multiple-choice test assesses what a student knows and is able to do related to the Idaho Science Core Standards. The questions are used to assess a variety of knowledge at different levels, from core knowledge to application, problem solving, and synthesis, and align directly to our science standards at the high school level.

 

Biology End-of-Course Assessment
The Biology End-of-Course Assessment has two reporting categories: 1. Nature of Science; Personal and
Social Perspectives; and Technology; and 2. Life Sciences content.

Chemistry End-of-Course Assessment
The Chemistry End-of-Course Assessment has two reporting categories: 1. Nature of Science; Personal
and Social Perspectives; and Technology; and 2. Physical Science content.

 

Who takes the ISAT Science and EOC?

The ISAT Science assessment is for grades 5 and 7. 

High school students in grades 10-12 (who have taken Biology or Chemistry) take an End-of-Course Assessment in Biology and/or Chemistry.


When is the ISAT Science and EOC given?

ISAT Science and EOCs are administered in the last 8 weeks of the school year.

 

Why are ISAT Science and EOCs given?

ISAT Science and EOCs are part of the Comprehensive Assessment Program (IDAPA 08.02.03.111).

 

Where and when are results available to parents?

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How can I help my student?

Practice items are available to help prepare students with the types of questions they might see on these assessments. These are provided by the Idaho State Department of Education.

5th Grade Sample Science Questions

7th Grade Sample Science Questions

Biology Sample Questions

Chemistry Sample Questions

Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) (Grades 3-8 and 10)

Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

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What is the ISAT?

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. 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.

What is a CAT?

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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.

 

 

 

Who takes the ISAT?

Each year, students in grades 3-8 and once in high school take the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT).


When is the ISAT given?

The ISAT summative assessment is administered during the last 8 weeks of the school year.


Why is the ISAT given?

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.

 

Where and when are results available to parents?

New ISAT Assessment Resources Webpage Available for Parents

Idaho parents can learn more about state tests and their child’s performance using a new interactive website available from the Idaho State Department of Education. The SDE, working with the state’s testing company, developed new reports for parents and a new website for parents to dig deeper into what their child’s results mean. The new resource webpage is available at http://testscoreguide.org/id/. Questions about this new resource may be directed to Karlynn Laraway at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


How can I help my student?

ISAT- Students and Families Resources and Practice Tests

IRI (Grades K-3)

Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI)


What is the IRI?

The Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) is an assessment required by Idaho Statute 33-1614 to identify "at risk" students for reading failure. Research has shown that children who struggle with reading early on in their educational journey, experience greater difficulty in learning throughout their school years. The IRI is intended to identify these students so assistance can be provided as soon as possible.


Who takes the IRI?

Students in grade K-3 participate in the IRI.


When is the IRI administered?

The IRI is administered in the Fall (Aug/Sept) and the Spring (April/May).

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Why is the IRI is administered?

The IRI helps to identify the reading skills of each K – 3 student. The IRI provides student reading performance information used by school personnel in determining necessary interventions to improve students' reading skills. The Idaho State Department of Education provides school districts with additional funding for early reading intervention programs for those students deemed "at risk".

Additionally, the IRI is intended to be used both to help establish local curricular standards as well as to provide direction for further assessment of students. It is important to note that the IRI is not intended to be a complete diagnostic reading test; rather, the IRI is used to determine which students in a classroom might have additional needs in the area of reading.

 

Where and when are results available to parents?

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How can I help my child?

A Parent's Guide to Promoting Early Literacy

For more parent information visit: State Dept of Education

Assessment


Who We Are

Assessment

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Administrator of Curriculum,
& Assessment

Dr. Catherine Beals

District office
711 E. Porter St.
Kuna, Idaho 83634
Phone: (208) 922-1000
Fax: (208) 922-5646

 

Glenn Kelly

Assessment Manager

Kelly Glenn

District office
711 E. Porter St.
Kuna, Idaho 83634
Phone: (208) 922-1000
Fax: (208) 922-5646

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Kuna School District uses many different types of assessments to guide teaching and learning. We draw on educational research to create a comprehensive assessment system.  Formative assessments are used every day in Kuna classrooms to provide evidence that students have learned what we call “learning targets.” Learning targets are statements teachers use to communicate the intended learning for students. Exit tickets, assignments, quizzes, tests, observations, interviews and checklists are just some of the techniques teachers use to assess student learning, provide feedback to students and guide additional instruction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kuna School District also uses a variety of Summative Assessments to help our district continuously improve. Summative assessments are usually completed at the end of a unit or course. Summative assessments can be products such as chapter tests, final exams, projects, portfolios or presentations. The District is in the process of identifying key common assessments for each unit in a grade level or course. District common assessments are aligned to state standards and inform teachers, schools and the district whether our students are mastering the content required by the State of Idaho throughout the school year.

District common assessments help prepare Kuna students for state required summative assessments. State required summative assessments provide information to the schools, the district and the state on how Idaho students are performing in comparison to students in other schools, districts and states.

Data from assessments is used to help Kuna School District accomplish our mantra of “every student learning every day.”

 

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2017-2018 Assessment Schedule

Kuna School District students will be participating in a number of assessments during the 2017-2018 school year. To view the preliminary 2017-2018 calendar click on  Assessment Calendar  to view testing dates and testing date ranges.

 

 

 

 

State Assessments and Your Students

Below is the list of assessments (tests) required by the Idaho State Department of Education. By clicking on each tab, you will be able to see details on the test(s) and which grade levels participate in the assessment

Additional information regarding statewide assessment can be found at Idaho State Department of Education-Assessments.

 

 

Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) (Grades K-3

What is the IRI?

The Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) is an assessment required by Idaho Statute 33-1614 to identify "at risk" students for reading failure. Research has shown that children who struggle with reading early on in their educational journey, experience greater difficulty in learning throughout their school years. The IRI is intended to identify these students so assistance can be provided as soon as possible.

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Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) (Grades 3-8 and 10)

What is the ISAT?

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. 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.

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ISAT Science (Grades 5 & 7) & EOC-Biology/Chemistry (High School)

What is the ISAT Science and EOC?

The ISAT Science is composed of questions that address standards, goals, and objectives for grades 5 and 7. The goals and objectives for each grade are grouped into five reporting categories: 1) Nature of Science, 2) Physical Science, 3) Biology, 4) Earth and Space Systems, and 5) Personal and Social Perspectives; Technology

The Science End-of-Course Assessments are a component of the Idaho Comprehensive Assessment System. Students are required to be tested once at the high school level in Science. Idaho has chosen to administer each spring the End-of-Course assessments that students take in either Biology or Chemistry.
This multiple-choice test assesses what a student knows and is able to do related to the Idaho Science Core Standards. The questions are used to assess a variety of knowledge at different levels, from core knowledge to application, problem solving, and synthesis, and align directly to our science standards at the high school level.

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Special Education Assessments

What are Alternate Assessments ?

Idaho believes in high standards for all students, including students with disabilities. The overwhelming majority of students with disabilities can take the general assessment with the appropriate accommodations. For students with the most significant, cognitive disabilities for whom the general assessment is not appropriate, the administration of the Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) may be appropriate with accommodations.

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College Entrance Exams (High School)

What are the College Entrance Exams?

PSAT/NMSQT for 10th Grade

The PSAT/NMSQT is a comprehensive assessment that provides educators, students, and families an array of data and resources. It is a tool for students and teachers that can help foster a strong college and career ready culture.

 

SAT for 11th Grade

On the New SAT, students are assessed on reading and writing (combined) and mathematics. An optional essay section that Idaho has chosen to include for the Statewide School Day Administration is scored and reported separately.

 

Optional ACT

Contact your school's counselors for assistance and more information

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Civics- (High School)

What is the Civics Test?

The "civics test" means the one hundred (100) questions used by officers of the United States citizenship and immigration services as a basis for selecting the questions posed to applicants for naturalization, in order that the applicants can demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of United States history and the principles and form of United States government.
Excerpt from ID Code 33-1602 (7) 

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English Language Profeciency (Grades K-12)

What is Access for ELLs?

Idaho’s English Language Proficiency Assessment is administered annually every spring to calculate growth and proficiency for English Learners (ELs). All districts that serve ELs are held accountable to these growth and proficiency measures.

The annual ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards, and is a measure of the ELLs' proficiency and progress in learning English in the language domains of Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.

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National & International Tests (Grades 4, 8, & 12)

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP, also known as the "Nation's Report Card,". The Idaho State Board of Education includes NAEP (at grades 4, 8, and 12) in the state testing program because it gives us comparative state and national information about student achievement in reading, mathematics, science, and writing.

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 How Are We Doing?

Our Superintendent prepares the Kuna School District Annual Report to update our community about our annual performance in student achievement and future directions.

The Kuna School Board and Kuna School District Leadership use assessment data to guide decision making related to our board goals. Assessment data is presented at most board meetings. Below are links to  presentations to the school board on Kuna School District achievement data and plans for instructional improvement.

2017 ISAT Review

2016 KSD Junior Class SAT Review

2016 ISAT Review

2016 Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) Review

 

School Report Cards

 

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The Idaho State Department of Education publishes an annual School Report Card on all Idaho public schools. The report cards provide a summary of each school’s performance on the Idaho Standard Achievement Assessments in English Language Arts/ Literature, Mathematics and Science (for selected grades). Previous years include additional assessment information as well as additional information the state uses to evaluate schools in Idaho.  Parents may access the state report cards by clicking on the link below.   (Once in the Idaho State Schools Report Cards, click on the tab "School Years" to locate the year(s) and school(s).)

 
 
 

Superintendent Johnson's Newsletter

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Superintendent Johnson's Newsletter

View the past and recent newsletters from Superintendent Johnson to patrons and employees:
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Rumors, Questions, Feedback

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Rumors, Questions, Feedback

If you heard a rumor and want clarification or want to give feedback, please use the following link:
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School Alert Text Messaging

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School Alert Text Messaging

Text Messaging is just another important tool Kuna School District is implementing as a way to communicate to parents.
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District and Community eFlyers

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Kuna School District - Peachjar

School and school district-approved eflyers will keep you informed about upcoming school activities, programs, and events.
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  • Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 20-24

    Winter Break - Dec. 22 - Jan 5

    No School (Human Rights Day) - Jan 15

    Finals: Grades 7-12 (2 hour early release) - Jan. 18-19

    End of Quarter 2/Semester 1 - Jan. 19

    Kindergarten 2018 Registration Opens - Feb 1

    No School (Teacher In-service) - Feb. 16

    No School (Presidents Day) - Feb. 19

  • kids hallwayNew Student Registration - 2017-18 School Year

    All new students registering for the 2017-18 school year, can complete the registration packet by clicking the following links which are available in both English and Spanish. If you have any questions, please check out the Online Enrollment FAQ

    KinderlogoKindergarten Registration - 2017-18 School Year

    The district offers a variety of schedules and programs in order to best meet the needs of families in our community.

    Kindergarten registration for the 2017 - 2018 school year, Now Open.

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    The Kuna Way Awards

    Please help us to celebrate our colleagues and community partners who are examples of practicing the Kuna Way.

    If you know of someone who should receive this award, please nominate this person via the website feedback link.

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Kuna Mission and Vision

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The Kuna School District inspires each student to become a lifelong learner and a contributing, responsible citizen.

Vision

Working together with parents, community resources and educators, each student who graduates from the Kuna School District will have the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to have the future he/she desires.