Idaho Reading Initiative

The Idaho Reading Initiative, enacted by the Idaho Legislature, was designed to ensure that all children in the State of Idaho will master the skill they need to become successful readers. It is our goal at the State Department of Education to work with you, your child’s teacher school and administrators to promote his/her reading success! Your child’s teacher and school are the best resources for information relating to your child’s academic success. The IRI is a screening assessment given to Idaho students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade, at least twice a year, fall and spring. The most critical skills used to predict future reading success are assessed by trained proctors at each grade level.  The IRI is a screening tool used to identify students’ basic reading skills. It provides an early warning as it identifies students who may be “at risk” for reading difficulty.

Idaho Statute 33-1615 requires all public school students in K-3 to have their reading skills assessed. The purposes of this assessment is to identify students who may be at risk for reading difficulties. The kindergarten assessment includes reading readiness and phonological awareness. Grades 1, 2, and 3 tests for fluency, comprehension, and accuracy of the student’s reading.

Definitions: Screener: A gauge or predictor of reading ability or future reading ability. Formative Assessment: A wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course. Interim Assessment: is a form of assessment that educators use to (1) evaluate where students are in their learning progress and (2) determine whether they are on track to performing well on future assessments, such as standardized tests or end-of-course exams. Summative Assessment: are used to evaluate student learning, skill acquisition, and academic achievement at the conclusion of a defined instructional period-typically at the end of a project, unit, course, semester, program, or school year.