Accessibility & Accommodations

Alternate assessments are designed for students with a variety of communication, physical, and cognitive disabilities in a way that provides them access to answer test questions and participate in the test as independently as possible. The alternate assessments were designed by teachers and professionals most familiar with students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Most students, who use an accommodation on an assessment also require the accommodation on a daily basis. The following chart outlines the alternate assessment accommodations. Accommodations should be noted on a student’s IEP.

Accommodations Description
Scribe/Transcription (A) The student will indicate via their communication system the response to the test administrator who will then record the student’s response.
Assistive Technology for student response to items (B) Students will have access to the same assistive technology as they do during instruction for the purpose of communication, writing, computation, or accessing visual information.
Assistive Technology for presentation of items to students (C) Test administrator will use assistive technology consistently used with the student during content instruction in as similar a manner as occurs daily (i.e., eye gaze boards, magnifiers, recordable switch, manipulatives)
Sign Language (e.g., ASL, PSE, SEE) (D) Test administration including verbal directions, reading of the item, and student response, occurs using the sign language that is used during daily instruction.

Paper versions of items

*TCAP science and social studies is only available in a paper version (E)

The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) for English language arts and math can be printed and the student assessed on the paper version. The test administrator then enters the student’s responses online after the assessment is complete.
Frequent Breaks (F) The alternate assessment is not timed and is administered one-on-one. The assessment can be divided over a series of sessions, days, or weeks as needed by the student to demonstrate their skills.
Adaptive and Specialized Equipment or Furniture (G) Student is provided specialized equipment or furniture needed for successful testing environment (e.g., low lighting, adaptive seat).