Frequently Asked Questions

button What is an alternate assessment and why do we have it?
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA)
  • No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)
  • Federal Mandate that every student with a disability participate in statewide and local assessments
  • Both the ISAT and the ISAT-Alt are used for NCLB determination of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

button Who participates in alternate assessments?
  1. Students with significant cognitive disabilities
  2. Not solely ELL, behavior, physical disability or absentee issues
  3. Students who are unable to fully participate in ISAT Science even with accommodations

button What Alternate Assessments are available for students that qualify for Spring 2015-2016 Testing Window?

ISAT-Alt Science
  • Individual Portfolio Artifact Submission System at: IPASS is an electronic portfolio which accepts the following as student artifacts:
    1. Digital Video
    2. Digital Photograph
    3. Scanned Student Work
  • IPASS is used to collect, store and demonstrate proficiency towards Idaho's Extended Content Area Objectives (ECOs) in Science.
  • Student work is collected and submitted by the teacher online.

PDF Icon Directions for Accessing IPASS Reporting Site
Video Idaho Alternate Assessments 2014-2015
PDF Icon Idaho Specific Policies for the National Center and State Collaborative Alternate Assessment