In 2010, Idaho joined 28 other states in the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium to create a common, innovative assessment system for mathematics and English language arts that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and helps prepare students for college and careers. Although this new assessment will be called "The ISAT presented by Smarter-Balanced," it should not be confused with the previous multiple-choice exam.
The Smarter-Balanced Assessment (SBAC) is not a "one shot test" and includes:
ISAT to SBAC Comparison
What happens in the 2014-2015 school year?
All students in grades 03-10 will take the operational test for the Smarter-Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts and Mathematics. A student can expect to be tested up to 6 hours to complete a performance task and computer-adaptive exam in both subjects. However, a student will not be taking all exams at the same time. They will be spaced out over several days in the testing window.
How are students expected to perform on the new assessments?
The Idaho State Department of Education expects the rate of proficiency to drop throughout the state as districts are setting a new bar with these higher standards.
How will the test be scored?
The exam will be scored mostly by computer with the essay questions scored by Idaho teachers. However, with this inclusion, there will not be immediate feedback, as was the case with ISAT. It is expected that results will be available within two weeks of submission.