ISAT Interim Assessments

An Interim Assessment is an assessment generally administered 2-6 times per year outside of instruction to evaluate student knowledge and skills. The results of these assessments help educators understand student progress and form goals within the classroom to help students achieve academic success.

Why Interim Assessments?

The Smarter Balanced ISAT Interim Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy complement the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment System by:

  1. Providing meaningful information to help determine student progress toward mastery of the Idaho Content Standards as measured by the ISAT Summative Assessment
  2. Serving as an efficient source of items and performance tasks for assessing the Idaho Content Standards at strategic points during the school year
  3. Yielding data on student skills and understanding in relevant areas of interest
  4. Supporting teaching and learning by providing data that will inform instruction

The non-secure items and tasks in the ISAT Interim Assessment System are developed under the same conditions, protocols, and review procedures as those used in the ISAT Summative Assessment. They assess the same Idaho Standards, adhere to the same principles of universal design to be accessible to all students, and provide evidence to support claims in Mathematics and ELA.

The application of evidence-centered design (ECD) helps ensure that each item or task clearly produces student responses that support the evidence statements and are aligned to the claims and standards. This linkage of items and tasks to claims through evidence statements underscores the strength of the chain that ties assessment results to the claims.

Online Components

The ISAT Interim Assessment System contains two distinct online components that draw from the same non-secure bank of items and performance tasks:

  • Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICA) use the same blueprint as the ISAT Summative Assessments. They assess the same wide range of standards, are administered with the same computer-adaptive process, include the same types of items and performance tasks, and report results on the same vertical scale.
  • Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) focus on smaller sets of standards in relation to the Comprehensive Interim and therefore provide more targeted information for instructional purposes. Teachers can combine multiple IAB assessments to provide more complete coverage of specific content and/or skills. The IABs will be administered with a computer-adaptive system as the item bank supports.

Most items are scored by the Smarter Balanced test-delivery engine. The scoring of human-scored aspects of constructed-response items and performance tasks is a local or state responsibility. Both provide results that teachers and administrators can examine in relation to the Idaho Content Standards and then adjust instruction accordingly.

The Smarter Balanced Digital Library offers guidance on how and when to use each type of assessment, how to evaluate students' responses, and how to interpret results. The full range of capabilities that are ultimately offered by the ISAT Interim Assessment System will depend on the ability to fully engage the computer-adaptive technology and ongoing enhancements of the system's technology.

In the initial phase, schools and districts can use both the Interim Comprehensive Assessment and the Interim Assessment Blocks.


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