The Idaho Reading Initiative, enacted by the Idaho Legislature, was designed to ensure that all children in the State of Idaho will master the skills they need to become successful readers. Endless research-based studies show reading skills are directly related to a child's success in school. It is our goal as the State Department of Education to work with schools, teachers, and administrators to promote students' reading success! Idaho Statute 33-1614 requires K-3 students in Idaho to be assessed as they develop critical reading skills. The purpose of the assessment, the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI), is to indicate which children are most likely going to be at-risk of failure with skills that are prerequisite for being successful readers throughout life. As is written in the statute, the state K-3 assessment test results shall be reviewed by school personnel for the purpose of providing necessary interventions to sustain or improve the students' reading skills.
Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI):
August 18 – September 26, 2014
Reporting/Discrepancy Deadline October 10, 2014
Winter (Optional) January through February
Testing April 1 – May 1, 2015
Reporting/Discrepancy Deadline May 15, 2015
The instructional component of this plan is based upon the research supported elements of effective reading instruction. Skills, activities and assessment procedures are included for your convenience.