The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is a project led by five centers and 24 states (13 core states and 11 Tier II states) to build an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the NCSC project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. Arizona will administer the NCSC Alternate Assessments for ELA and Mathematics.
If you would like more information on the National Center and State Collaborative please see this site: NCSC Partners Webpage
Alternate Assessment TEST COORDINATOR:
Click in this link to access the Alternate Assessment Test Coordinator’s web page
- 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 [The previous Alternate Academic Standards for Reading and Mathematics are no longer applicable; they were removed and archived.]
Please contact us at (602) 542-8239 or at AssessingSWDs@azed.gov if you have any questions.
Instructional Supports and Resources
This webpage will be updated as new information is available.
The transition to the new alternate assessment is moving right along! At this time the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) is requesting participation in the Pilot Test. From April through May 2014, NCSC will be administering a pilot assessment in English language arts and mathematics (the NCSC Phase 1 Pilot Test) to students with significant cognitive disabilities. The purpose of the NCSC Phase 1 Pilot Test is to (a) understand how the items are functioning, (b) investigate administration conditions, and (c) investigate the proposed item scoring processes and procedures. Data collected from the NCSC Phase 1 Pilot Test will be used to inform further assessment development. Phase 2 of the pilot test will be administered in fall 2014. The purpose of the NCSC Phase 2 Pilot Test is to try out adaptive test forms, along with investigation of administrative and scoring conditions.
- 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.
- National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Summary 2013
- College and Career Guidance Doc 8 21 13 Final
NCSC Instructional Resources & Supports (Binders)
ELA - 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)
Mathematics -NCSC 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 Instructional Resource Guide provides explicitly scripted instructional strategies for teachers to use when working with students who do not have consistent response modes.
Graduated Understandings (Instructional Families-Core Content Connectors) has several views of the Core Content Connectors which identifies the most salient grade-level, core academic content aligned to the College and Career Ready Standards.
Element Cards can be used to support lesson planning providing scaffolds and supports for students.
LASSI / MASSI (Mathematics or Language Arts Activities for Scripted Systematic Instruction) provides explicitly scripted lesson plans including materials that can be cut out and used.
UDL Unit Lesson has examples for elementary, middle and high school of how teachers can differentiate a math lesson in the general education setting focusing on communication and universal design for learning/access.
These documents are provided for parents of students participating in the Alternate Assessment.
National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC)
- NCSC College and Career Readiness Summary 9-10-13
- NCSC Communicative Competence 9-10-13
- NCSC Diagram and explanation 9-10-13
- NCSC background 9-10-13
- NCSC AA-AAS FAQs 9-10-13
Technology & WEBINARS
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
NCSC CoP (Communities of Practice)
Phase 2 Pilot Test
October 20 through November 4, 2014
by e-mailing the Alternate Assessment inbox
AssessingSWDs@azed.gov or at (602) 542-4061