The Idaho Reading Initiative, enacted by the Idaho Legislature, was designed to ensure that all children in the State of Idaho will master the skills they need to become successful readers. The purpose of the Idaho assessment is to indicate which children are most likely going to be at risk of failure with skills that are prerequisite for being successful readers throughout life. As is written in the statute, the state K-3 assessment test results shall be reviewed by school personnel for the purpose of providing necessary interventions to sustain or improve the students' reading skills.

Students Tested
Idaho Statute 33-1614 requires K-3 students in Idaho to be assessed as they develop critical reading skills. All District 91 students K-3 are tested in the fall, winter and spring.

Structure and Format
The IRI is a 10-minute indicator administered to an individual student by a trained test administrator. The tests are grade specific and get progressively more challenging throughout the school year. All students are scored on a 3 point scale. A 3 is at grade level; 2 is near grade level; 1 is below grade level.