Special Education & Alternate Assessments
Welcome to the Special Education and Alternate Assessments webpage. 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. Idaho believes in high expectations and achievement for every student, including students with disabilities.
One element of having high expectations for students with disabilities is having them participate in statewide assessments. The expectation is that every student with a disability participate in all statewide assessments. This expectation focuses an IEP team’s assessment participation decision not on IF the student will participate, but HOW the student will participate. A student with a disability can participate in statewide assessments in one of three ways:
- Regular assessment without accommodations.
- Regular assessment with accommodations.
- Alternate assessment, intended only for those students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, representing about 1.0% of the total student population.
- The ISAT alternate assessment is known as the Idaho Alternate Assessment (IDAA)
- The ACCESS for ELs alternate assessment is known as the Alt-ACCESS.
2019 - 2020 Testing Dates
IDAA Science Portfolio
Grades 5, 7 & 10
January 6 - April 6, 2020
The IPASS application will close at 5:00 PM MST on Monday, April 6, 2020.
IDAA ELA/Literacy & Math
Grades 3 – 8 & 10
March 15 – May 15, 2020
Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) window tentatively scheduled to open on Monday, February 3, 2020.
Idaho Alternate Assessment in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Score Reports*
When your school district provides you with your student’s score report for the 2019 Idaho Alternate Assessment in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics, you may have questions about what the scores mean, how they are used, and where you can find relevant educational resources.
- View the Understanding Your Student’s Scores | (Version en español) document to assist you as you review and discuss your student’s performance in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics.
- Note that each school district will provide the score report within three weeks of obtaining all scores for their district. Parents and families throughout Idaho may receive this information at slightly different times.
*Note: If you have questions about your individual student's score report, contact your local school district.
New Student Score Report Generator for the Idaho Alternate Assessment in Science
This tool allows districts and schools to create individual student score reports for students who took the Idaho Alternate Assessment in Science. These reports are based on data from the Assessment Data Export Application (ADEA). The Excel-based score report generator is available for use. Directions for using the score report generator are included within the file itself.
If you have questions on using the report generator, contact Kevin Whitman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Idaho Alternate Assessment (IDAA)
Students with Disabilities Taking Other Statewide Assessments
Training resources related to assessing students with disabilities on statewide assessments are located on the Idaho Training Clearinghouse (ITC) Assessing Students with Disabilities Statewide topic page, in the Resources section, or on the ISAT Portal. Specific trainings and links that are currently available are listed below.