Frequently Asked Questions

button Why Do We Have an ISAT-Alt?
  • 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 Takes the ISAT-Alt?
  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 is I PASS?
  • 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.

button How are Scores Calculated, Used and Reported?
  • Online ISAT-Alt Scoring - All portfolio artifacts are scores 2-3 times by independent scorers
  • Online ISAT-Alt Results - Individual Student, School, District and State reports are delivered via a password protected secure site
  • Online and Printed Individual Student Reports Correspond to ISAT Student Reports
  • ISAT-Alt Individual Student Reports - Provide a summary of the student's learning of the ECO's during the window of instruction
  • Scores are aggregated into state's accountability system to inform Average Yearly Progress (AYP) and 5 Star Rating

PDF Icon Directions for Accessing IPASS Reporting Site
Word Icon ISAT ALT Proficiency Level Ranges
PDF Icon Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
Video Idaho Alternate Assessments 2014-2015
PDF Icon Idaho Specific Policies for the National Center and State Collaborative Alternate Assessment