The Alternate Assessment District Test Coordinator is responsible for the MSAA Alternate Assessments and AIMS A Science.
The State’s Alternate Assessments (AIMS A 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.
AIMS A Science
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.
IEP Teams must remember to address assessment eligibility and accommodations for both alternate assessments, AIMS A Science and MSAA (NCSC) Math and ELA.
–MSAA (Math and ELA) assesses eligible students grades 3–8 and grade 11.
–AIMS A (Science)We will only be administering field tests (MSAA Science Alternate Assessment) in grades 5, 8, and 11 in the spring of 2021.
Specific accommodations for both instruction and the assessments also should be considered in the student’s annual IEP. Information regarding MSAA (NCSC) accommodations and eligibility criteria can be located on the ADE MSAA (NCSC) webpage under General Information.