A report tracking test design changes between the alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS) and regular assessment, whether states' AA-MAS were computer-based, whether states with computer-based tests (CBTs) included tutorial and practice test opportunities, and whether states' documents included considerations for English Language Learners (ELLs) with disabilities. Federal regulations introduced AA-MAS as another assessment option for students with disabilities in 2007. Eligible students may be from any disability category, and they must be considered unlikely to achieve grade-level proficiency within the time period covered by their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and have IEP goals based on grade-level content standards. NCEO has been tracking the characteristics of states' AA-MAS since 2007. According to the 2009 NCEO update on test characteristics, 13 states had developed what they considered to be an AA-MAS, and three states (Texas, Kansas, and Louisiana) had received federal approval. The further study reported in this publication found 17 states that by the 2010-11 academic school year had developed, or were developing, what they considered to be an AA-MAS, and one additional state (North Carolina) had received federal approval.
The Center is supported through a Cooperative Agreement (#H326G050007)
with the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs,
U.S. Department of Education. This report was funded
with partial support from the Multi-state GSEG Toward a Defensible
AA-MAS. This project is supported by General Supervision Enhancement
Grants (#H373X070021) from the Research to Practice Division,
Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.
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Department of Education or Offices within it.
Thurlow, Martha; Lazarus, Sheryl; Hodgson, Jennifer; Edwards, Lynn.
Characteristics of States' Alternate Assessments Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards in 2010-2011 (NCEO Synthesis Report).
University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration, National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO).
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