Idaho has a high-quality assessment system in grades 3-8 and 10, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
The Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) includes both interim and summative assessments using a computer-adaptive process that results in a coherent and comprehensive system of assessment. It has already passed federal standards for validity and reliability. To measure English language proficiency, Idaho uses the WIDA ACCESS test, which is a popular and high-quality choice.
At the high school level, the state also pays for every student to take the SAT, but does not include this as part of its accountability system (it uses only the 10th-grade state assessment). In addition, the state administers a science assessment in grades 5 and 7, but this is not included as part of accountability. Idaho could consider incorporating both the SAT and science assessments as a way to broaden the scope of its accountability system.
Idaho could strengthen its plan by providing more information about its alternate achievement standards and aligned assessments for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities, as well as ensuring that it has a process in place to meet the 1 percent cap on alternate assessments.