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ESSA and Students with Disabilities

Alternate Assessment aligned with Alternate Academic Achievement Standards

 

In April 2020 the USED granted every state a blanket waiver of the testing requirements of ESSA for the 2019-2020 school
year due to widespread Covid19 school closures. Therefore, waivers of the 1% cap were not necessary for 2019-2020.
Below is the state waiver activity regarding the 2019-2020 school year.

Waiver activity for all other school years is available here.

 

Alabama
Waiver extension approved on 2-24-20. See https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/04/al1percentextend2020.pdf  

Arkansas
Waiver extension approved on 1-29-20. See https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/stateplan17/waivers/ar1percentextensionltr.pdf

Delaware
Waiver extension request denied due to failure to assess at least 95% of students w/ disabilities in ELA, Math and Science in 2018-2019 and all students in Science and failure to demonstrate progress in reducing the rates of students taking the alternate assessment in reading/language arts and mathematics. See https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/02/delaware1percentext2020.pdf

Georgia

Waiver extension request approved on 2-27-20. See https://oese.ed.gov/files/2021/01/ga-one-percent-waiver-letter.pdf

Hawaii
Waiver extension approved for ELA & Math; denied for Science due to failure to access at least 95% of students with disabilities (see below), on 12/30/19. See https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/02/HI1percent1920waiver.pdf

Illinois
Waiver request submitted to ED on 12-11-19; rescinded due to blanket assessment waiver granted by ED in April 2020.

Indiana

The state posted a draft waiver extension request in January 2020, available here. https://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/accountability/2019-2020-1-wavier-extension-public-posting.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Kansas
Waiver approved for ELA, Math and Science on 1-2-20. See https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/02/ks1percent1920waiver.pdf
Waiver request is https://www.ksde.org/Portals/0/ECSETS/ESEA/DLM_Waiver_Request2019_KSDE.pdf

Kentucky
Waiver extension approved for ELA and Math on 1-2-20.
See https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/02/KY1percent1920waiver.pdf

Louisiana
Waiver extension request denied due to failure to make progress in reducing number of students assessed via AA-AAAS. See https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/02/la1percentext2020.pdf

Maryland

Waiver request submitted to ED on 12-16-20; rescinded due to blanket assessment waiver granted by ED in April 2020.

Massachusetts

Waiver extension approved for ELA, Math and Science on 1/2/20.
https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/02/MA1percent1920waiver.pdf

Michigan

Waiver extension request submitted to ED on 1-13-20; rescinded due to blanket assessment waiver granted by ED in April 2020.

North Carolina

Waiver extension request submitted to ED on 2-3-20; rescinded due to blanket assessment waiver granted by ED in April 2020.

Ohio

Waiver extension request approved 11/19/19
http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Testing/Ohio-English-Language-Proficiency-Assessment-OELPA/Ohios-Alternate-Assessment-for-Students-with-Sign/USDoE-Approval-Letter-Ohio-Waiver-2018-2019-1.pdf.aspx?lang=en-US

Oklahoma

Waiver extension request approved for ELA, Math and Science on 2-4-20
https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/02/ok1percentext2020.pdf

Rhode Island
Waiver extension request submitted to ED on 1-10-20; rescinded due to blanket assessment waiver granted by ED in April 2020.

Tennessee

Waiver extension request submitted to ED on 2-27-20; rescinded due to blanket assessment waiver granted by ED in April 2020.

Texas
Waiver extension request denied due to failure to show progress in decreasing percent of students assessed and failure to address disproportionality. See https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/02/Texas1percentext2020.pdf

Vermont
Waiver request submitted to ED on 12-18-19; Request is available here. Rescinded due to blanket assessment waiver granted by ED in April 2020.
https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-assessment-vermont-alternate-assessment-1percent-waiver-application.pdf

Virginia

Waiver request submitted to ED on 12-30-19; rescinded due to blanket assessment waiver granted by ED in April 2020.

West Virginia

Waiver extension request submitted to ED on 12-30-19; rescinded due to blanket testing waiver granted by ED in April 2020.


 

 
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