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  • 1% Toolkit: Frequently Asked Questions on AA-AAAS (NCEO Tool #5)
    Formats: PDF, Online

    The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 1.0% cap on state-level participation rates in the alternate assessment aligned to alternate academic achievement standards (AA-AAAS) generated questions answered by the U.S. Department of Education in this  Frequently Asked Questions on AA-AAAS. This FAQ tool includes  questions that were asked by state personnel during the October 2018 1% Cap National Convening: Supporting States in Implementing ESSA’s 1% State-level Cap on Participation of Students in the AA-AAAS held in Boston, Massachusetts, during the NCEO 1% Community of Practice (CoP) and during NCEO’s Peer Learning Group 2 (PLG 2). The questions are listed in this tool by topic, and include the date the question was answered by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Published: September 2019
  • Guidance for examining disproportionality of student group participation in alternate assessments
    Formats: PDF

    This document examines disproportionality with respect to student group participation in Alternate Assessments aligned with Alternate Academic Achievement Standards (AA-AAAS). This paper is a companion to “Guidance for Examining District Alternate Assessment Participation Rates” (Evans & Domaleski, 2018). This companion document outlines a broad framework and general principles to guide the examination of AA-AAAS participation rates, particularly in light of the challenge of small n-sizes and associated uncertainty.

    Published: 2019-08-01
  • Guidance for Examining District Alternate Assessment Participation Rates
    Formats: PDF

    This document provides states with effective and technically defensible practices for monitoring participation rates for alternate assessments at the district level to comply with the federal 1% policy limit on statewide alternate assessment participation for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.

    Published: 2018-10-01
  • Multi-Attribute Consensus Building Tool
    Formats: PDF

    This tool gives step-by-step guidance on how to conduct a Multi-Attribute Consensus Building (MACB) session with educators, administrators, parents, advocates and other stakeholders. MACB is a structured decision-making process that asks small groups to generate, discuss and prioritize a list of items.

    Published: 2013-09-01
  • The Focused Approach Planning Guide: Tools to Improve Student Access
    Formats: PDF, Online

    This is a set of planning tools that can be used to improve access of all students, including low-performing students with disabilities, to grade-level content.

    Published: 2012-09-01
  • Thinking About the Students Who May Qualify to Participate in An Alternate Assessment Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards (AA-MAS): A Tool for Study Groups
    Formats: PDF, Online

    A tool to learn more about the characteristics of students who may quality to participate in an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS). This is an archived report because this assessment option is no longer allowed.

    Published: 2010-12-01
  • Developing and Improving Modified Achievement Level Descriptors: Rationale, Procedures, and Tools
    Formats: PDF, Online

    Procedures and tools to develop and continuously improve achievement level descriptors for alternate assessments based on modified achievement standards (AA-MAS). This is an archived report because this assessment option is no longer allowed.

    Published: 2010-06-01
  • Hints and Tips for Addressing Accommodations Issues for Peer Review
    Formats: PDF

    Information and examples that states can use in responding to accommodation criteria in the Standards and Assessment Peer Review process, and to address the need for continued improvement after approval.

    Published: 2007-04-02
  • A State Guide to the Development of Universally Designed Assessments
    Formats: PDF

    Test design strategies for accurately measuring the knowledge and skills of a diverse student population from test conceptualization and item construction, to field-testing, item reviews, statewide operationalization, and evaluation.

    Published: 2006-09-01
  • Universal Design Online Manual
    Formats: Online

    Steps that states can take to ensure universal design of computer and paper-based assessments. Including any step in the design and review of tests may improve the design features of a state assessment.

    Published: 2006-09-01
  • How to Develop State Guidelines for Access Assistants: Scribes, Readers, and Sign Language Interpreters
    Formats: PDF

    A structured tool to assist in the development or enhancement of guidelines for access assistants (i.e., scribes, readers, sign language interpreters, page turners, transcribers, language translators).

    Published: 2006-06-01