Announcement: Trajectory Tools for the ISAT in ELA/Literacy & Mathematics and ACCESS 2.0
As part of Idaho’s new accountability system, the SDE will report student-level growth on the ISAT summative assessments in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics and the ACCESS 2.0 Assessment for English Learners. For the ISAT, the new state Report Card will include the percentage of students in grades 4 through 8 who made sufficient scale score growth from 2017 to 2018 to be “on track” for proficiency in three years. For ACCESS 2.0, the Report Card will include the percentage of English Learners in grades 1 through 12 who made sufficient scale score growth from 2017 to 2018 to be “on track” for proficiency in seven years (or the end of 12th grade, whichever is sooner). If you are interested in learning more about these calculations and estimating trajectory targets for students, please see the new Excel-based, “ISAT Trajectory Tool” and “Trajectory Tool for ACCESS 2.0”. The tools use macros, so make sure to “Enable Content” when opening the files.
Please be aware that these tools are for instructional purposes only and are not intended to replace the official calculations in Idaho's accountability system. If you have any questions about the trajectory calculations or how to use these tools, please contact Kevin Whitman firstname.lastname@example.org
Accountability is a system that provides a transparent display of how well students in a school, district, and state are learning. The idea of accountability, holding the teachers and schools responsible for the student’s learning, is not new. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act created an accountability framework that each state had to develop, implement, and regulate.
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, the accountability requirements at the state and district levels have been relaxed and have provided an opportunity for suggestions of innovative systems. During this transition from NCLB to ESSA, the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) will be working with the US Department of Education and all Idaho Districts to interpret and design a fair and equitable accountability system that ultimately supports each student in Idaho to learn the Idaho Content Standards.
Academic progress of Idaho students is measured on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and on other tests in the spring of each year. The SDE reports assessment results and other performance indicators on a Report Card at state, district, and school levels. Schools whose students are struggling to learn the state content standards are provided greater assistance from their districts by the SDE and other sources. You will find additional and updated information on ESSA, especially as it relates to Idaho, on this page as more information is gathered.