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 and the Spring. The Kuna School District also participates in the optional Winter IRI assessment to ensure students are making progress towards proficiency on the Spring assessment.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.For more parent information visit:
State Dept of Education
ISAT Components of the ISAT
The ISAT is composed of reading, language usage, and mathematics tests for grades 3-10 and science
tests for grades 5, 7, and 10. Multiple-choice items are used to assess what a student knows and is
expected to do on the Idaho content standards. These items are used to assess a variety of skill levels,
from short-term recall of facts to problem solving.Language Arts (Reading and Language Usage) Assessments
The language arts assessments of the ISAT are composed of items that address standards, goals, and
objectives for grades 3-10 in two separate assessments, reading and language usage. The reading goals
and objectives for each grade are distributed among two reporting categories: Reading Process and
Comprehension/Interpretation. The language usage goals and objectives for each grade are distributed
among two reporting categories: Writing Process and Writing Components.Mathematics Assessment
The mathematics assessment of the ISAT is composed of items that address standards, goals, and
objectives for grades 3-10. The goals and objectives for each grade are distributed among five reporting
categories: Number and Operations; Concepts and Principles of Measurement; Concepts and Language
of Algebra and Functions; Principles of Geometry; and Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics.Science Assessment
The science assessment of the ISAT is composed of items that address standards, goals, and objectives
for grades 5, 7, and 10. The goals and objectives for each grade are distributed among five reporting
categories: Nature of Science, Physical Science, Biology, Earth and Space Systems, and Personal and
Social Perspectives; Technology.
AYP (AdequateYearly Progress) and Five-Star Rating Scale
Each school will no longer be rated on whether or not it meets AYP, which only measures how many students score on grade-level on the ISAT. Instead, each school will be rated as a One-Star, Two-Star, Three-Star, Four-Star or Five-Star School based on multiple measures of academic performance, including academic growth.Under the Five-Star System, schools with grades K-8
will be measured based on the following factors:
• Academic growth: how much progress did students make over the past school year.
• Academic proficiency: how many students have reached grade-level or higher in each subject area on the ISAT.
• Participation: Schools must demonstrate that at least 95 percent of students in the schools were tested.Under the Five-Star System, schools with a grade 12
will be measured based on the following factors:
• Academic Growth: The state will measure how much progress students made over the past school year.
• Academic Proficiency: The state will measure how many students have reached grade-level or higher in each subject area on the ISAT.
• Postsecondary and Career Readiness Metrics: The state will measure a school's graduation rate, the number of students enrolled in and successfully completing advanced courses, and student scores on college entrance exams, such as the SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER or COMPASS. The state currently pays for all students to take the SAT or ACCUPLACER.
• Participation: Schools must demonstrate that at least 95 percent of students in the schools were tested.
For more information about the school rating system please visit the Idaho State Dept of Education at http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/assessment/starRating.htm