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. Arizona will administer MSAA for ELA and Mathematics.

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), Maryland, Montana, South Dakota, Tennessee, and U.S. Virgin Islands.