Science Assessments

The Idaho State Department of Education has three science assessments.

The End-of-Course Science Assessment, which is part of the Comprehensive Assessment Program (IDAPA 08.02.03.111), requires high school students to take an End-of-Course Assessment in Biology and/or Chemistry. This assessment is provided by the state and administered by the district.

The ISAT Science assessment is composed of items that address standards, goals, and objectives for grades 5 and 7. 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.

Idaho believes in high standards for all students, including students with disabilities. The overwhelming majority of students with disabilities can take the general assessment with the appropriate accommodations. Idaho uses a portfolio assessment under the IPASS application.

For students with the most significant, cognitive disabilities for whom the general assessment is not appropriate, the administration of the Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS) may be appropriate with accommodations.

The Special Education and Assessment departments collaborate to inform schools and parents on the educational trends related to standards-based instruction, classroom assessments materials, and accessibility options.




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