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ESSA and Students with Disabilities

Alternate Assessment aligned with Alternate Academic Achievement Standards

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its implementing Federal regulations authorize one alternate assessment for students with disabilities. It is the Alternate Assessment aligned with Alternate Academic Achievement Standards (AA-AAAS). This assessment is for student with the most significant cognitive disabilities. ESSA prohibits states from developing any other alternate assessment for students with disabilities. All students with disabilities must participate in either the general assessment for the grade in which the student is enrolled or the AA-AAAS. Students with disabilities must be provided appropriate accommodations that are necessary to measure their academic achievement.

ESSA caps the number of students who can be assessed via the AA-AAAS at one percent of all students tested. ESSA also provides states that may exceed the one percent cap the opportunity to apply for a waiver for one year.

>>> Listing of One Percent Cap Waivers by State is available here.

NOTE: All USED waiver response letters are available here. Waivers and waiver extensions are good for only one year.

Alternate Assessment Resources:

Alternate Assessment Waivers to Exceed the One Percent Cap:

Information to States from U.S. Dept. of Education (USED):


>>> Listing of One Percent Cap Waivers by State is available here.

 
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