Understanding the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) Student Score Reports

The Student Score Report includes results from the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics tests, which reflect Idaho’s rigorous content standards. These tests include a wide range of questions and include tasks that ask students to explain how they solved problems. These tests also allow students to demonstrate analytical writing and critical thinking as well as their knowledge of facts. To learn more about these tests, visit the Idaho State Department of Education ISAT Comprehensive Assessments System web page.

Sample ISAT Student Score Report

The following is a Sample Student Score Report presented for illustrative purposes.

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Front Page

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(1) Subject Area and Grade Level: This heading tells you which subject and grade level the score report covers.

(2) Summary of Test Performance: An overview that includes your student’s name, student identification number, scale score, and overall achievement level.

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(3) Your Students’ Scale Score and Overall Performance: Your student’s scale score and where it falls on the four achievement levels.

  • Achievement Levels 4 and 3 indicate Above and At Standard.
  • Achievement Levels 2 and 1 indicate Near and Below Standard.

The small number to the right of your student’s score, following the (±) sign, represents the variance possible in the score if a student tested multiple times with the same assessment.

(4) Comparison Scores: Allows you to see how your student’s scale score compares with their peers at the school, district, and state level

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(5) Performance Over Time: This section shows how your student’s scale score has changed over time in the specific subject area. Note that some districts may provide a simplified score report without this information.

Back Page

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(6) Student Assessment Performance: Your student’s performance on Claims (content areas) within this subject area. Claims are broad statements of the assessment system’s learning outcomes and are aligned to standards. Claim performance is reported as: below standard, at/near standard, or above standard. For reporting purposes, there are four Claims in ELA/Literacy and three Claims in Mathematics.

Similar to the (±) sign in the overall performance section, the green box around the score line represents the variance possible in the claim-level score if a student tested multiple times with the same assessment.

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(7) Performance on Writing Task: Appearing only in the ELA/Literacy report, this provides detailed descriptions based on your student’s response to the writing task.