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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.
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.
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.
Remember that these tests are not tied to your report card or to any of the classes that you are enrolled in. However, you are not eligible for a high school diploma anywhere in Idaho without having completed and passed the 10th grade ISAT with a Proficient score or better. It is in your best interest to take these tests seriously now so that you are prepared for the 10th grade assessment.
Testing for the ISAT is a computer based test. For those of you that have not taken the ISAT before you can find an example of the test by following the link below. These test practice sites are geared to helping you become comfortable with taking the online test and the navigation that you will need to know in order to work through the online tool.
IDLA has provided students within Idaho the ability to take practice tests for students in grades 7-10 that will help you with the content of the tests. As you work through these sample tests, it will give you an understanding of what you will be expected to know for the assessment. You can use any log in that you wish. We have just provided multiple ones for student use. You can gain access to these tests by following the inks below:
usernames: isat.469801.1, isat.469801.2, isat.469801.3, isat.469801.4, isat.469801.5
When you log onto the application, you will see the practice tests that you can choose from in the right hand corner. Click on the practice test that you wish to take and then navigate your way through the items on the left to dig into each of the practice applications that are there for you.
Frequently Asked Question:
Are these tests optional? Do I have to take these tests?
The tests are not optional and are required for students enrolled in a public school and are eventually required for graduation.
Do I need to show any ID when going in for the test?
Yes, you will be required to show some form of ID upon check-in.
Can I take the tests over several days or can I take them all at once?
We know that these tests do take time out of your day and we have worked to accommodate your location and days accordingly. In most places you have the options of either spreading the test out over several days or taking them all at once.
Can I take break between tests?
Yes, we urge to you take a small break between your tests. We encourage you to have a snack and walk around a bit before you begin your next test session. You are allowed to leave for lunch in between test session. You can not start a test and then leave in the middle of it.
Are these tests timed?
No, the tests are not timed.
Do I have to test during the flex week?
No, you do not have to test during this week. We just wanted to provide a flex week as an option for either testing or for make up time since we know that taking the tests takes time away from your schedules and other schoolwork.
When do I get the results of the test?
You receive those results via email in late June after they are released from the State Department of Education.
What if I am a Senior and I need to pass the test to graduate this Spring?
ICON can receive your preliminary scores from the State after you test and work with you to find a method to achieve the ISAT requirement before you graduate.
What if I have an IEP of 504?
Our Director of Special Ed will be communicating with you and your assigned center to ensure that any accommodations that are part of your IEP or 504 are facilitated. If you have any questions about your IEP or 504 you need to speak directly with Bruce.
What if I have questions or concerns about my assigned testing facility?
Please direct any questions that you have to our local Boise office. You can phone us at 208-287-3668 or email us at email@example.com.
How soon do I make my appointment after receiving my assigned center?
All students have been assigned a center and should have all appointments made by Friday, April the 5th. Students who have yet to scheduled appointment by the close of this day will be blocked from their online school until they get these tests scheduled.
What if I think I am supposed to take the tests but I did not get an email?
Please call our Boise office and we will verify your past scores and grade level needs. You can phone us at 208-287-3668 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I know what tests I need to take when I arrive at the center?
The State Department of Education provides ICON with the information for the tests that are required. ICON provides the information to each testing location and the testing location provides the information to the student upon arrival.
What if I am sick the day of my scheduled test?
You will need to call in sick to your assigned center and let them know you are ill. You will need to reschedule for another test session to complete your tests. Remember it is better to test early in the window so that you can plan for unexpected events that may come up.
Can I get copies of my past ISAT scores?
If you are in need to past scores please contact our Boise office. You can phone us at 208-287-3668 or email us at email@example.com.