The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) is a comprehensive assessment system designed to promote increasing higher academic outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities in preparation for a broader array of post-secondary outcomes. The MSAA is designed to assess students with significant cognitive disability and measures academic content that is aligned to and derived from your state’s content standards. This test contains many built-in supports that allow students to take the test using materials they are most familiar with and communicate what they know and can do as independently as possible. The MSAA will be administered in ELA and Mathematics in Grades 3-8 and 11, and Science in Grades 5, 8, and 11.
In 2010 assessment was developed through the research and development done by the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) and will be carried forward by the MSAA State Partners. MSAA is currently administered by American Samoa, Arizona, District of Columbia, Maine, The Marianas (Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands), Montana, South Dakota, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands, and BIE.
- Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)-this is a term that is used to describe an Alternate Assessment. Alternate Achievement Standards are not the same as Alternate Academic Standards.
- Alternate Achievement Standards-descriptors of how well a student may demonstrate proficiency via the alternate assessment.
- Alternate Academic Standards-standards developed for students with significant cognitive disabilities and were aligned to Arizona’s Academic Content Standards. We will only be administering field tests (MSAA Science Alternate Assessment) in grades 5, 8, and 11 in the spring of 2021. This decision will enable LEAs to focus on teaching the new 2018 Science Standards.
The following documents were developed within the NCSC project and offer Arizona Educators ideas, supports, and resources to provide instruction based on the Standards to students with significant cognitive disabilities.
NCSC WikiThis site hosts the National Center and State Collaborative Resources (NCSC) that educators will need to accomplish these goals and deliver instruction aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.
LASSI / MASSI WEBINARS Click on this link to access several LASSI and MASSI webinars. You will need to enter your name, email address, and answer a simple math problem. A new page will open, scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find the links to the LASSI and MASSI webinars.
Teacher binder for ELA – Click on the ELA link NCSC Instructional Resources for English Language Arts and copy the following pages: 130-144 (graduated Understanding/Instructional Families); 150-182 (Element Cards); and 545-572 (Instructional Resource Guide)
Teacher binder for Mathematics – Click on the Math link NCSC Instructional Resources for Mathematics, and copy the following pages: 19-43 (Instructional Resources Guide); 98-111 (Graduated Understandings/Instructional Families); and 116-147 (Element Cards)
For both ELA and Mathematics, print the Graduated Understandings/Instructional Families and Element Cards in color since color bands are used.
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.