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. 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.

The current Idaho Reading Initiative (IRI) is given to all (K-3) public school students whom qualify. The ISAT-Alt English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics tests are required in grades 3-8 and 11. The ISAT-Alt Science tests are required in grades 5, 7, 10.


  • While the Idaho State Department of Education does not currently have an alternate assessment that measures fluency, districts can utilize other diagnostic tools to assess student’s emerging reading skills.
  • Adaptations to the IRI administration, such as increasing testing time to 3 minutes invalidates the student score.
  • If you can administer the IRI screener to a student with significant cognitive disabilities adhering to the one (1) minute time limit you can submit the score to the SDE through the ISEE test results file.
  • Scores from other diagnostic tools (Core Phonics) can NOT be correlated to the IRI skill level scale and should not be submitted to the SDE.
  • If a student has the IRI listed in their IEP, districts must adhere to it and assess accordingly.
  • The IRI is not subject to accountability calculations for participation.
  • The IRI can be administered to students Kindergarten-3rd grade.

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.





Resource Files

General
IRI for Students with Disabilities
ISAT ELA/Lit Alt
ISAT Math Alt
ISAT Science Alt

Frequently Asked Questions

General
IRI for Students with Disabilities
Science Alt

Training Resources

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