Content Assessment

Direct Writing Content Assessment

The Idaho Direct Writing Assessment (DWA) is a performance-based test to assess progress toward achieving Idaho Language Arts Standards. For 19 years, the DWA has served as a national model for performance-based writing assessment.

The DWA requires students to plan and write an essay in response to an assigned prompt within a 90-minute time frame. The prompts used for the DWA are developed by Idaho teachers, field tested in Idaho schools, and reviewed by the Idaho DWA Steering Committee.

The DWA Range-finding Committee sets the standard for the current year's scoring by identifying the range within each score point and selecting anchor papers that typify the four levels of the DWA Scoring Standard. Fifth-grade students are asked to write a narrative essay, seventh-grade and ninth-grade students are asked to write an expository essay. Idaho teachers score the writing samples holistically.

Direct Math Content Assessment

The Direct Mathematics Assessment (DMA) is formally given in grades 4, 6, and 8. However, the DMA Toolkit includes general resources for teachers and students in all grades K-12. These resources include such items as suggested problem solving strategies and recently identified Power Standards. In addition, specific DMA-related resources are available for grades 4, 6, and 8 , which may be adapted for other grade levels as necessary and as they reflect our Content Standards. Through adjustment of the particular concepts found with the 4th, 6th, and 8th grade level resources, it is hoped that students at any and all grade levels will be able to benefit.

This DMA Toolkit offers many focused and helpful aids in preparing students for the Direct Mathematics Assessments including: the new 4-point Scoring Standard, practice prompts, advice for students and teachers, and Main Rangefinders. Rangefinders are example student assessments used to show a mid-range sample (not high or low) of each level of performance on the scoring scale (1-4). If you have decided to download a copy of a Toolkit, please note that we have separated the Toolkit by the sections of its Table of Contents. This is to assist you with the large size of the files.

IRI Content Assessment

Proficiency Level Ranges

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ISAT Content Assessment

Vocabulary - Reading & Language Usage

2nd Grade - NOT AVAILABLE
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Vocabulary - Math

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