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Testing Update: Idaho Reports Few Opt-Outs of ISAT

Testing Update: Idaho Reports Few Opt-Outs of ISAT

When the district of Madison pulled 5,200 of its students out of the Iowa's state-administered exam, the state wondered if the potential to not meet the 95 percent threshold would jeopardize $11.6 million of its federal funding. So far, districts across Idaho have otherwise reported few opt-outs, according to the CDA Press.

Though Madison comprises 2 percent of Idaho's student population, reports from other districts have begun to show that the district's decision is not widespread.

"Boise, with an enrollment of 25,912, has seen only a 'handful' of students opt out, said spokesman Dan Hollar," according to the article.

Similarly, in Coeur d’Alene, only five families opted out in a district of 10,450 students.

This trend of few opt-outs seems to be the case throughout Idaho across large and small districts.

Though the online exam rolled out with a few minor glitches, particularly involving audio issues, the article reports that the ISAT testing has gone largely without incident.

"Even though this is the first year the ISAT counts, school and district officials knew what to expect. 'This is the third year the state and districts have given this assessment so most issues were worked out the past two years,' said Angela Hemingway, the State Department of Education’s assessment and accountability director.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

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