About Assessments

Connecting the Dots for Parents/Guardians About Testing

Assessment Program Emphasizes Balance and Feedback

Coeur d’Alene Public Schools believes that an effective assessment program recognizes the relationship between our school district’s mission and vision, state learning standards, district curriculum, classroom instruction, formative and summative assessment, and student learning. Parents and guardian participation is essential in achieving this goal.


We believe that quality education inspires our students’ natural curiosity and supports their innate desire to learn, all toward meeting our district’s Portrait of a Graduate. When effective assessment practices are incorporated, such as those in our District Assessment Practices Overview, time will increase for learning, assessment results are used in support of instruction, and students feel that they have involvement in how they develop. We believe that all students can learn and thank you for providing a system of support and tools to encourage their success.

Comprehensive Assessment Plan

Our district's comprehensive assessment plan was approved in June as part of the overall strategic plan for our school district. The document provides an overview of how we provide accurate, reliable, and valid data to students, parents, teachers, administrators, Board members, and the community served by the district with that may be used to:

  • Inform decisions regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment;
  • Assure accurate, valid, and reliable data are in the hands of decision-makers;
  • Ensure alignment of the district curriculum with state learning standards;
  • Inform the integration of technology in the classroom;
  • Assist in placement of courses;
  • Evaluate district programs;
  • Inform decisions regarding the allocation of district resources;
  • Inform teacher professional development;
  • Improve student learning;
  • Evaluate the college and career readiness of students;
  • Measure student achievement;
  • Provide affirmation to students about what they can do and what next steps are in their learning;
  • Identify what students can process, research, problem-solve, reiterate, creatively present, teach, etc. on a multitude of topics and dispositions;
  • Measure student growth – socially, emotionally, and academically; and
  • Provide accountability for the district’s stakeholders.

Learn More About Our Assessment Program:

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Idaho Reading Indicator/IStation

Audience: Students in grades KG-05

Type of Assessment: Statewide/Progress Monitoring

Testing Window: September 14-October 9

Reporting: Paper report delivered to parent/guardian

Student Supports: Students needing reading intervention will be provided with an intervention license.

More Information: Visit the IStation page on the District website > Departments > Assessments > Progress Monitoring

i-Ready Mathematics

Audience: Students in grades KG-08

Type of Assessment: Interim/Progress Monitoring

Testing Window: September 14-October 9

Reporting: Paper report delivered to parent/guardian

Student Supports: All students can access personalized math lessons at any time.

More Information: Visit the i-Ready page on the District website > Departments > Assessments > Progress Monitoring

Civics Assessment

Audience: Students in grades 07-12

Type of Assessment: Summative Assessment

Testing Window: September 14-October 9

Reporting: Email notification to student/parent at the end of the assessment window.

Student Supports: Students can practice with interactive flashcards and resources on the district website in addition to classroom instruction.

More Information: Visit the Civics Assessment Page on the District Website > Departments > Assessments > Civics Assessment

Illuminate Fastbridge

Audience: Reading - Students in grades 06-12; Math - Students in grades 09-12

Type of Assessment: Interim/Progress Monitoring

Testing Window: October 1-30, 2020

Reporting: Paper report delivered to parent/guardian.

More Information: Visit the Illuminate Fastbridge Page on the District Website > Departments > Assessments > Progress Monitoring

We're Here to Answer Your Testing Questions

We recognize that there may be additional questions about your student's scores or progress. Feel free to contact your student's teacher(s) directly or reach out to Dr. Mike Nelson, Director of Assessment and System Performance via the information below: