The following information will provide you with details on the Spring 2015 Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) for Retest and Science and the End-of-Course Science (EOC) administrations. This information should be shared with all district and school personnel involved with the ISAT Retest, ISAT Science, and EOC Science administrations.
Spanish version will be available in May
Please find he Preliminary Conversion Table for Spring 2015 (ISAT Science and Retakes). The table will assist you in matching your studentsí raw scores with their performance levels, which are provided in eDIRECT.
For EOC Science, cut scores will be determined in June then submitted to the State Board of Education for final approval. Therefore, EOC Science reports are scheduled to be posted on eDIRECT by September 4th.
Manuals, Student Tutorials, Online Tools Trainings (OTTs), and Installers are now available on eDIRECT (id.drcedirect.com) for the Spring 2015 Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) for Retest and Science and the End-of-Course Science (EOC) administrations.
The following manuals are now available on eDIRECT under General Information -> Documents:
ISAT (Retest and Science) and EOC Student Tutorials
The EOC and ISAT (Retest and Science) student tutorials provide step‑by‑step instructions on how to navigate the online system and give detailed explanations about the key features of the software. A tutorial should be reviewed at least once by Test Proctors who will supervise any of the EOC Science and ISAT Retest and Science administrations and by students in advance of their first test day. The tutorials may be repeated as often as desired and needed.
Students should review the tutorials before completing the Online Tools Training (OTT). It has been proven beneficial for schools to schedule a tutorial session for students immediately before at least one Online Tools Training session.
If a school has capacity issues with the computer labs, the tutorials may be presented to school personnel and students in a classroom using an LCD projector and a single Internet connection.
Student Tutorials can be accessed through either through eDIRECT or through a link that will appear on the computer desktop when the testing software is downloaded. To access the tutorials through eDIRECT select Test Setup -> General Information. Click on the Idaho Online Assessments Student Tutorial Tab and click the Play Tutorial action button. Select the tutorial you would like to view.
NOTE: There are no tutorials or Online Tools Training specific to the ISAT Retests. Therefore, students taking either the ISAT Reading or Language Usage Retests should use the ISAT Grade 7 Science Student Tutorial and Online Tools Training. However, students taking the ISAT Mathematics Retest should use either the End-of-Course Biology or Chemistry Student Tutorial and Online Tools Training to see and use all of the tools available to them.
Online Tools Trainings (OTTs)
The online testing engine contains a training component—the Online Tools Training (OTT)—which simulates the testing environment. The primary purpose of the training session is for the students to try out the testing software and tools before the “real” administration of the tests. Test Proctors and students are strongly advised to participate in a training session and become familiar with the testing tools and the online system features before the students sit for the actual online tests.
The items in the training session have been chosen to demonstrate various computerized testing features. The training sessions are not scored and no score reports are generated.
All schools should complete the Online Tools Training prior to the operational window to ensure that all components of the system are configured and operating correctly.
OTTs can be accessed through a link on the main page of eDIRECT, or through the ID Online Assessments link once the online testing engine is downloaded.
NOTE: For Audio Online, a Testing Site Manager (TSM) must be used and the user must log in through the ID Online Assessments icon on the computer desktop. Make sure that Text-to-Speech is enabled in the TSM by checking the “Download TTS” boxes and clicking the “Update Content” button.
The ISAT Retest and Science and EOC Science tests are administered using DRC INSIGHT. The main component of DRC INSIGHT is the secure web browser testing interface installed on each testing device. This software communicates with the DRC INSIGHT server to provide online tools training and test questions to the test taker and to send responses to the DRC INSIGHT server, which stores them securely. INSIGHT also provides the Testing Site Manager (TSM), a powerful, web based application that provides caching and a software toolbox to help you plan, configure, and manage your online testing environment. The TSM, while optional, is strongly recommended and is required for the administration of audio tests.
The TSM and INSIGHT installers are available in eDIRECT under Test Setup -> General Information. Click on the Downloads tab and select your district’s platform. If using a TSM, it must be installed before the DRC INSIGHT installer. Please refer to the INSIGHT Technology User Guide for detailed installation instructions and troubleshooting tips.
Test Setup will be available on March 16, 2015.
Testing Dates: March 30 – May 22, 2015
The Spring 2015 ISAT Science exam is required for all students in grades 5 and 7.
The Spring 2015 ISAT Retest administration is a retest opportunity for 12th graders who have not yet passed the reading, math, and/or language usage ISATs. Students in grade 11 who have not yet passed a content area may take the ISAT Retest at their district's expense of $6 per test, per content area.
The Spring 2015 ISAT Retest and ISAT Science exams will be administered using DRC's INSIGHT testing software. Districts will use DRC's eDirect for both test setup and reporting.
The Spring 2015 EOC Science exam is a required operational assessment that will be administered to students in grades 10-12 who have completed a biology and/or chemistry course.
Students in these grades (10-12) will need to take EOC Science in Biology or Chemistry just once during these years.
If a student has taken the Grade 10 ISAT Science and is now a Junior or a Senior, they do not need to take any of the EOCs.
The EOS Science tests will replace the previous ISAT Grade 10 Science test.
The Spring 2015 EOC exams will be administered using DRC's INSIGHT testing software. Districts will use DRC's eDirect for both test setup and reporting.
The February 2015 Assessment Spring Training recording will be posted here. Stay tuned.
eDirect (id.drcedirect.com) will be used for test setup and reporting. District Test Coordinators (DTC) will need an eDirect account and will receive an automated email notification from DRC containing temporary eDIRECT log-in information when this account has been created. If you are a DTC and you do not yet have an eDIRECT account, please contact DRC. It is the responsibility of the DTC to add new district or school level users. New users can be set up in eDIRECT in the Manage Users -> User Administration menu. Further information will be outlined in the Spring 2015 Online Test Administration Manual (TAM).
The Spring 2015 Online Test Administration Manual (TAM), INSIGHT Technology User Guide, and the Test Administration Manuals for Accommodated Materials will be posted on the eDirect website under General Information -> Documents on March 2, 2015. The INSIGHT Technology User Guide is an introduction and reference for DRC INSIGHT and will guide users through the process of setting up, managing online testing, troubleshooting, and ensuring their systems work effectively and securely.
The TSM (caching service), INSIGHT Test Software, Student Tutorials, and Online Tools Trainings (OTTs) will be available through eDIRECT on March 2, 2015. Test Setup will be available on March 16, 2015.
The accommodated materials available for these administrations are paper, large print, and Braille for each subject. Audio CDs are also available for grades 5 and 7 science, language usage, mathematics, biology, and chemistry and can be provided in addition to paper, large print, and Braille materials. If a student needs audio but will take the test online, you do not need to order any materials or send any type of notification to the Idaho Support Team. All paper/pencil testing must be completed by May 15, 2015.
Timeline for Spring 2015 Accommodated Materials
|Additional Materials available in eDIRECT to order accommodated materials||Beginning February 2, 2015|
|Initial deadline for ordering accommodated materials||February 20, 2015|
|Accommodated materials begin to arrive in districts||Beginning March 23, 2015|
|Confirm all accommodations are properly marked in eDirect and ISEE prior to testing||March 25, 2015|
|Spring 2015 ISAT Retest, ISAT Science, and EOC testing window (for online tests)||March 30- May 22, 2015|
|Spring 2015 ISAT Retest, ISAT Science, and EOC testing window (for paper tests)||March 30- May 15, 2015|
|Last day for districts to order materials||May 8, 2015|
|Last day for paper/pencil testing||May 15, 2015|
|Districts return accommodated materials to DRC via UPS||By May 15, 2015|
Beginning in Spring 2015, districts will order accommodated materials through eDIRECT. To receive orders by the beginning of the testing window, please enter your accommodated materials orders no later than February 20, 2015. Please do not send any identifying student information via email per Idaho's new Student Data Privacy Law (Senate Bill 1296).
If there are students in your district who need accommodated materials, you must complete BOTH of the steps outlined below.
1) Order accommodated materials directly through eDIRECT.
Note: After submitting your order, DRC will review the order and contact you with any questions.
Please note the following:
In addition to the steps above, you must also
2) Identify the accommodated materials needed for each student in eDirect (beginning March 16). This information must be entered into eDirect under Test Setup -> Students by May 15, 2015.
The student's IEP will determine which subjects and accommodated versions are needed for this administration.
Precode labels containing student name and demographic information will be shipped with your order and MUST be applied to the student answer document. Any changes made to the data in the ISEE system will be reflected on the score reports and data files.
Districts will be responsible for the timely pick up and return of accommodated materials. When DRC ships materials to your district, a set of UPS Return Service (UPS-RS) labels will be included in your box(es). It will be the responsibility of the District Test Coordinator to affix the UPS-RS label to the box and schedule a pickup with UPS per the timeline for Spring 2015 Accommodated Materials above. Boxes may also be dropped off at any UPS location as long as the UPS-RS label provided by DRC is on the outside of the box.
If you have any contact information updates at your district or school, please email them to the Idaho Support Team at your earliest convenience and update the information in the Manage Users section of eDIRECT. Please be sure that any changes made in eDIRECT are also made with the Idaho State Department of Education.
If you need assistance, please call the Idaho Support Team at 1-866-572-2050 or e-mail at IdahoSupport@datarecognitioncorp.com.
Districts will no longer be submitting reactivations and/or Invalidations via electronic mail per Idaho’s Student Data Privacy Law. SDE will only accept reactivation and invalidation submissions through a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) on this link https://sftp.sde.idaho.gov/login.html. You may use the Reactivation and Invalidation forms when submitting your request(s) through the sftp portal. Requests will be granted approval/denial within 24 business hours.
Please contact Cathy Salas 332-6972 or Mark Hill at 332-6972 to get your SFTP account set up right away.