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4/29/2020 - COVID-19 and ICTE Assessments:

The board approved waiving Workplace Readiness Assessment and Technical Skill Assessment requirements for the state this year.  In the event that your school opens, you may still choose to give the assessments; however, assessment data will not be used next year for funding or grant decisions.  The deadline for testing has been extended through the end of the school year.

 If you reopen and plan to test, please notify Michael DeVore. Test tickets will be available based on March ISEE data (excluding trimesters).  CTECS still requires a proctored exam and virtual proctoring is not available.

For the Idaho Apprentice program pages, please go to Apprenticeship.

For the Idaho Postsecondary program pages, please go to Postsecondary.

For our original instructional modules:

For emerging instructional modules:

Reminders for SY2019-20

Logging into E‐SESS is different beginning SY2019-20. E-SESS now offers a way to log in and see all previous years, if you were formerly linked to any.

  1. Follow the link provided in the email message after you submit your TSA webform.
  2. Enter the username name provided in the email message in the User Name field.
  3. Enter the password in the Password field.

For Idaho/CTECS testing, refer to the information on this page for 2019-20 testing. CTECS is working with Idaho CTE leadership to enroll teachers as test site administrators and to pre-load student test takers into the E-SESS online testing program.The cost of the tests are linked to registration and paid for by the state as well. A Purchaser's Agreement is only necessary for TSA retakes. A calendar has been set for the WRA (Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment) and TSAs (technical skills assessments with Pre-tests), see below.

Please refer to The Idaho CTE FAQs for Assessments. FAQs for Idaho-specific information. Menu options in the left column provide additional important details. Preparation for the administration of testing is a multi-step experience and requires processing time.

Idaho CTE is your primary point-of-contact for Assessment and Student Registration Questions:

You should only contact CTECS with E-SESS technical issues.

CTECS Technical Support Contacts

Critical Assessment and SkillStack® Dates

2019-2020 School Year

Type Date Paid By Test Tickets Created by*

Test Site Administrators

Register early for ongoing communication n/a n/a

TSA Pre-tests (intended only for concentrators)

Aug. 19 - Sep. 30 $ ICTE School

Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment (WRA)

Nov. 1 - Apr. 30** $ ICTE School**

TSA Semesters** 

Nov. 1 - Apr. 30

Apr. 30 is the last day to take the TSA.**



TSA Trimesters**

Nov. 1 - Apr. 30

Apr. 30 is the last day to take the TSA.**



Approved trimester schools can upload students via CTECS.

  TSA Retakes

>14 days after TSA

May 15 is the last day for TSA retakes.**

$ District School
  Postsecondary Assessments

May - June

Dates vary by technical college

$ ICTE Watch for registration details posted in January.
What Date Who Details
Rosters Nov. 1 - Mar. 30 Teachers validate rosters

ICTE using ISEE data*

ICTE will upload all students through March 6th. Trimesters will upload students after March 6th.

Activity Nov. 1 - Apr. 30** Teachers award skills throughoutthe year April 30 is the last day for SkillStack®  records to be included in WRI calculations.

This table is a general guideline. Watch for more details throughout the year.

*ICTE will use ISEE data (Oct/Nov/Mar) to identify eligible students and populate test tickets and rosters.

ICTE will not award WRI if data is inaccurate (i.e., ISEE or self-reported data for WRA or TSA trimesters).

**New for 19/20


Types of tests that CTECS offers Idaho

All tests currently available have been listed below with descriptions and prices. Tests for all programs are not yet available.


Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment (WRS/WRA) Idaho Technical Skills Assessments (TSA) Tests in Pilot State

Cost per test: Free

No pre-tests or retakes are offered at this time.

Cost per test:
• Pre-Test: Free (cannot replace the TSA, no cut score)
• TSA: Free (official end-of-program assessment)
• Retake: $8 per test (requires at least a two-week waiting period after a failed TSA).
Cost per test: n/a

100-item, multiple-choice
60-minute timed test

Standard of mastery: 75%
See the Workplace Readiness Skills Assessment under Services for more. 

* indicates test title offers a Pre-Test

100-item, multiple-choice
60-minute timed test

  • Accounting* (Standard of mastery: 75%)
  • Administrative Services* (Standard of mastery: 70%)
  • Agribusiness* (Standard of mastery: 55%)
  • Agricultural Leadership and Communications (Standard of mastery: 60%)
  • Agricultural Mechanics and Power Systems* (Standard of mastery: 64%)
  • Animal Science* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Automated Manufacturing* (Standard of mastery: 62%)
  • Automotive Technology-Maintenance and Light Repair* (Standard of mastery: 64%)
  • Business Management* (Standard of mastery: 73%)
  • Cabinetry and Millwork* (Standard of mastery: 65%)
  • Collision Repair* (Standard of mastery: 66%)
  • Computer Support (Standard of mastery: 60%)
  • Cosmetology* (Standard of Mastery: 68%)
  • Culinary Arts* (Standard of mastery: 70%)
  • Dental Assisting* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Diesel Technology* (Standard of mastery: 60%)
  • Digital Communications* (Standard of mastery: 62%)
  • Drafting and Design* (Standard of mastery: 70%)
  • Early Childhood Education* (Standard of mastery: 70%)
  • Ecology and Natural Resources Management (Standard of mastery: 63%)
  • Education Assistant* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Electronics Technology* (Standard of mastery: 66%)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (Standard of mastery: 72%)
  • Firefighting* (Standard of Mastery: 67%)
  • Food Science and Processing Technology (Standard of mastery: 60%)
  • Graphic Design* (Standard of mastery: 65%)
  • Hospitality and Tourism* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Hospitality Management (Standard of mastery: 65%)
  • Industrial Mechanics* (Standard of mastery: 65%)
  • Law Enforcement* (Standard of mastery: 67%)
  • Marketing* (Standard of mastery: 73%)
  • Media Technology--Broadcasting* (Standard of mastery: 69%)
  • Media Technology--Commercial Photography* (Standard of Mastery: 66%)
  • Networking Support* (Standard of mastery: 62%)
  • Nursing Assistant* (Standard of mastery: 73%)
  • Ornamental Horticulture* (Standard of mastery: 63%)
  • Pharmacy Technician* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Plant and Soil* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Pre-Engineering Technology* (Standard of mastery: 71%)
  • Precision Machining* (Standard of mastery: 68%)
  • Programming and Software Development* (Standard of mastery: 64%)
  • Rehabilitation Services* (Standard of mastery: 62%)
  • Residential Construction* (Standard of mastery: 69%)
  • Small Engine Repair / Power Sports* (Standard of mastery: 67%)
  • Web Design and Development* (Standard of mastery: 73%)
  • Welding* (Standard of mastery: 70%)

Tests in Pilot stage are in development and participants are by invitation only.  For more information, please contact Dona Orr,, Idaho Career and Technical Education.