Alternate Assessment – MSAA (NCSC)

Arizona will administer the MSAA Alternate Assessments for ELA and Mathematics.
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 the areas of ELA and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11.

Click here to access the MSAA Video

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 being administered by nine participating states: Arizona, Arkansas, Maine, Maryland, Montana, the Pacific Assessment Consortium (PAC-6)[1], Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

General Information

State Specific Guidance

Eligibility And Terminology

Alternate Assessment Eligibility Combined (NCSC and AIMS A)

– 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. [The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archived.]

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Practice Site / Sample Items

Testing Dates & Updates

Instructional Supports and Resources

This webpage will be updated as new information is available. 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 Sample Items with Annotated Slides – 2015

Scripted PowerPoint schools can use to introduce NCSC and the resources that have been developed

NCSC Wiki This site hosts the National Center and State Collaborative Resources (NCSC) educators will need to accomplish these goals and deliver instruction aligned to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

LASSI / MASSI Webinars
This link will give you access to several LASSI and MASSI webinars. To open the link, put your cursor on the link, hold the control key and left click your mouse. After the link opens, you will need to enter your name, an email address, and an answer to a simple math problem. Once this is done and a new page opens, scroll to the bottom of the page. There you will find the links to the LASSI and MASSI webinars.

NCSC Instructional Resources & Supports (Binders)
NCSC Instructional Resources for English Language Arts
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)

MathematicsNCSC Instructional Resources for Mathematics
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.

NCSC linking document-ELA
NCSC linking document-Math
NCSC Instructional Resource Guide

Test Coordinators

Alternate Assessment Test Coordinators
Select Alternate Assessment


2015-16 Mandatory Test Coordinator Training

NCSC – ELA and Mathematics
– March 2016 –training modules available Spring 2016. Specific Dates TBD

AIMS A Science
– November 6-20, 2015
You do not need to have a username or password. Click on this link to access the:AIMS A Science Training 2015-16

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Technology & WEBINARS

NCSC Technology Requirements 012714

NCSC Mega Webinars
PowerPoint Presentation NCSC ELA Mega Webinar 1-27-14
To view recorded webinars, install the Go To MeetingCodec at no charge.Archived Recording: NCSC ELA Mega Webinar 1-27-14 Archived Recording (You will be prompted to enter your email address to view this recording.)Mathematics – NCSC Mega Webinar 12-17-12 PowerPoint Presentation

CoP (Communities of Practice)

Contact Information