Johnny Key

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Multi-State Alternate Assessment

The Purpose of the MSAA
The Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) was developed to ensure that all students with significant cognitive disabilities are able to participate in an assessment that measures what they know and can do in relation to grade-level State Content Standards.  The MSAA is administered in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11.  MSAA’s goal is to make certain that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve higher academic outcomes and leave high school capable of pursuing a variety of post-secondary options. 
The MSAA is designed to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  These laws mandate that all students participate in assessments that measure student achievement on grade-level content standards.

Guidance for IEP Teams on Alternate Assessment 2017-2018 (PDF)

MSAA Operational Testing - Spring 2017
  • Report Interpretation Guide 2017 MSAA (PDF)
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