There is another way: The faculty-developed Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment for K-8 pre-service teachers


  • David Squires Idaho State University
  • George F. Canney University of Idaho
  • Michael S. Trevisan Washington State University



In this era of external teacher testing with the intent of ensuring the competence of the teaching force, as well as holding students and institutions accountable for results, the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) stands in sharp contrast. It represents an alternative to external testing of preservice teachers, testing procured from an outside agency unconnected to preservice programs, since it has been developed and is managed by literacy faculty from Idaho’s major institutions of higher learning. This paper provides a brief history of major events in the field of literacy including teacher testing initiatives and policies, which led to the creation of the ICLA. A description of the ICLA assessment and its construction is provided, along with a report of initial performance. Implications and policy consequences of this approach are explored.


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Author Biographies

David Squires, Idaho State University

David Squires, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Idaho State University. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate literacy courses in the College of Education. His research interests center on teacher education, including the relationship between theoretical beliefs and practices.

George F. Canney, University of Idaho

George F. Canney, Ph.D, is a professor in the Division of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, College of Education, University of Idaho. He teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses, including two online graduate literacy courses. His research interests include developmental reading, the ICLA project and literacy assessment in general, and online learning.

Michael S. Trevisan, Washington State University

Dr. Mike Trevisan is the Director for the Assessment and Evaluation Center at Washington State University. Dr. Trevisan is also an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology where he teaches courses in measurement, statistics, and program evaluation.




How to Cite

Squires, D., Canney, G. F. ., & Trevisan, M. S. . (2004). There is another way: The faculty-developed Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment for K-8 pre-service teachers. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12, 62.