Report: States’ participation guidelines for alternate assessments based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS) in 2009



INSTRUCTION, accommodations, DATA, state, STUDENTS, identified with disabilities, EQUITY, participation


STATE:inclusive leadership for equity and accountability


Sheryl S. Lazarus , Jennifer Hodgson, Martha L. Thurlow


2010, 4/2/2010


University of Minnesota, National Center on Educational Outcomes


"The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has annually compiled, analyzed, and summarized states’ participation guidelines for the AA-MAS since 2007. The purpose of this report is to update information in previous reports. As of October 2009, 14 states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas) had publicly available participation guidelines for an assessment they considered to be an AA-MAS. As of November 2009 only one state—Texas—had successfully completed the U.S. Department of Education’s peer review process that determines whether the assessment fulfills the necessary requirements for the state to receive federal funds. Results from this study suggest that states are continuing to develop or update their participation guidelines. A majority of states included flowcharts, decision trees, or checklists in addition to text-based description of guidelines. Over half of the states in the current study required that parent notification and implications for graduation be considered as part of the decision-making process"


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