The State Board also made a move toward changing the timeframe for high school students to take standardized tests, and removing the college entrance exam as a high school graduation requirement.
The State Board of Education took a quick and cursory look at the numbers Thursday afternoon. The state will release more comprehensive ISAT results in the fall.
There’s nothing new about this idea; this year’s seniors aren’t required to pass the standardized test either. Legislators will have the final word on making this language permanent.
The large East Idaho district outperformed others in the area and attributes its success to an emphasis on teacher training, student writing prompts and even video games.
Scores in math and English language arts improved from third grade through high school, but high school math scores are still a weak spot.
Superintendent Sherri Ybarra said her staff has worked to shave one hour off of testing time and to address delays and glitches before they crop up.
The American Institutes for Research consortium — the low bidder on the contract — has missed deadlines for grading the new statewide test.
Despite delayed results, the state says it will not seek penalties from its test vendors.
In Boise, district officials say they will have to mail the test results to parents — at a cost exceeding $10,000.
Some parents may have to wait until September for results from the Common Core-aligned test.