Public Comment, Docket No. 08-0203-1711 Alternate Assessment Achievement Standards Idaho State Department of Education
The Idaho State Department of Education (Department) is accepting public comments on proposed rule Docket No. 08-0203-1711, regarding Alternate Assessment Achievement Standards. Please refer to the Department's website at sde.idaho.gov/topics/admin-rules/ for draft language and background materials. All comments must be received by the Department on or before August 23, 2017. Comments received will be published on the Department's website.
DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY: The following is a statement in nontechnical language of the substance and purpose of the intended negotiated rulemaking and the principle issues involved:
In 2011, Idaho joined the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) to implement a new alternate assessment for special education students. The alternate assessment was developed to ensure that all students with significant cognitive disabilities are able to participate in an assessment that is a measure of what they know and can do in relation to the grade-level Idaho Content Standards. This rule maintains alternate assessment achievement levels and corresponding performance level descriptors established by the NCSC. The NCSC achievement levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 are the same as the achievement levels on the Idaho Standards Achievement Test authored by Smarter Balanced. This rule is necessary to be in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Idaho State Board of Education approved this proposed rule on June 15, 2017.