The Alternate Assessment District Test Coordinator is responsible for the MSAA Alternate Assessments.
The State’s Alternate Assessments (MSAA Science and MSAA ELA and Mathematics) were designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school. Students must meet the eligibility requirements as determined by the student’s IEP team in order to participate in the State’s Alternate Assessments.
The MSAA Spring 2022 Testing Window March 14 – April 29, 2022
The MSAA reporting portal for ELA and Mathematics will be open from July 18 - September 9, 2022 and for Science from October 17 - 28, 2022. Because the MSAA Science test is a new assessment, we will be conducting a standard setting to set cut scores and the Arizona State Board of Education must approve the cut scores before we can generate the reports. This is causing the delay with the Science reporting window this year. More information on downloading reports and receiving hard copies of the student reports will be sent to the test coordinator prior to July 18, 2022.
IEP Teams must remember to address assessment eligibility and accommodations for the alternate assessments, MSAA Math, ELA, and Science
–MSAA (Math and ELA) assesses eligible students Grades 3–8 and Grade 11.
–MSAA (Science) assesses eligible students Grades 5, 8, and Grade11.
Specific accommodations for both instruction and the assessments also should be considered in the student’s annual IEP. Information regarding MSAA accommodations and eligibility criteria can be located on the ADE MSAA webpage under General Information.
Under federal regulation, the state is required to "provide appropriate oversight to each LEA that the State anticipates will assess more than 1% of its assessed students...using alternate assessments aligned with alternate academic achievement standards." An LEA may test students who qualify for alternate assessment, even if that participation means that the LEA will exceed 1%.
Alternate Assessment Test Coordinators will be notified of your LEA's percentages and provided next steps.
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Please contact us by emailing the Alternate Assessment inbox [email protected] or at (602) 542-8239.
Bethany Spangenberg Director of Alternate Assessment [email protected] (602) 542-4061