ISAT - Idaho Standards Achievement Test

  • What is the ISAT?

    Each year, students in grades 3-8 and once in high school, during 10th grade, take the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to determine whether they have achieved the standards for their grade level and subject area. There are tests for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics. The ISAT summative assessment is administered during the last 8 weeks of the school. It consists of two parts: a computer-adaptive test and performance tasks that are given on the computer.

    What are the main objectives of the assessment?

    • To give an indication of both student achievement and growth of student learning as part of program evaluation and school, district, and the state accountability system.
    • To provide a valid, reliable, and fair measures of students’ progress toward, and the attainment of the knowledge and skills required to be college and career ready.
    • To capitalize on the strengths of computer-adaptive testing — efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement with quick turnaround of results.

    Who takes the ISAT?

    Each year, students in grade 10 (sophomores) take the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in Math and ELA (English Language Arts) and students in grade 11 (juniors) take the ISAT Science.

    When is the ISAT given?

    The ISAT summative assessment is administered during the last 8 weeks of the school year.

    Why is the ISAT given?

    These tests are administered to provide ongoing monitoring of individual, school, district, and state progress. Academic proficiency is more than scores. Competency in all academic areas is the goal for every child. This once a year (summative) test is an important component of the statewide student assessment system as stated in IDAPA

    Where and when are results available to parents?

    New ISAT Assessment Resources Webpage Available for Parents

    Idaho parents can learn more about state tests and their child’s performance using a new interactive website available from the Idaho State Department of Education. The SDE, working with the state’s testing company, developed new reports for parents and a new website for parents to dig deeper into what their child’s results mean. The new resource webpage is available at

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