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In 2017, the Idaho State Department of Education entered into a contract with Istation to improve the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI), Idaho’s statewide testing platform for kindergarten through third grade (K-3). The implementation of the new Istation IRI assessment is set to be phased in over two years. To begin this process, in academic year 2017-2018, Istation engaged 58 schools across the State of Idaho in a pilot program for the new IRI assessment.

In response to a request by members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) of the Idaho State Legislature, the Idaho Policy Institute (IPI) began conducting an independent evaluation of the implementation of this pilot study.

This phase of IPI’s study was structured exclusively around the experiences of K-3 teachers with administering and utilizing the output of the Istation IRI assessment.


This report was prepared by the Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State University.